Eisenstein, Ira, 1906-2001

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Rabbi Ira Eisenstein (November 26, 1906 – June 28, 2001) was an American rabbi who founded Reconstructionist Judaism, along with Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, his teacher and, later, father-in-law through his marriage to Judith Kaplan, over a period of time spanning from the late 1920s to the 1940s. Reconstructionist Judaism formally became a distinct denomination within Judaism with the foundation of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1968, where he was the founding president.

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creatorOf MAILAMM (Organization). The papers of Mailamm, The American Music Association, 1930-1943. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf McHarg, Ian L. Ian L. McHarg papers, 1942-2001. University of Pennsylvania, Architectural Archives
referencedIn Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, records, undated, 1920, 1928, 1930-1931, 1934-1936, 1938, 1940-1983 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Eisenstein, Ira, 1906-1991. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1980. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Rosenbaum, Samuel, 1919-1997. [Jewish cantata collection] / collected by Cantor Samuel Rosenbaum. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
referencedIn Cohn, Franklin, 1906-1971. Franklin Cohn letters, 1962 Feb.-Mar. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
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associatedWith Cohn, Franklin, 1906-1971. person
spouseOf Eisenstein, Judith Kaplan person
associatedWith Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation corporateBody
child-in-law of Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983 person
associatedWith MAILAMM (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith McHarg, Ian L. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Manhattan NY US
Silver Spring MD US
Reconstructionist Judaism
College presidents


Birth 1906-11-26

Death 2001-06-28


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