Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923

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Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf was one of the most prominent American rabbis of his day. Noted for his dynamic preaching and his firm stance on social justice, Krauskopf was a very well-known figure in the Jewish community.

Krauskopf was born in Ostrowo, Poland in 1858, and came to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1862. In 1875, he entered the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati as a member of its first class, and was ordained in 1883. Upon ordination, Krauskopf accepted the call to Reform Congregation B'nai Jehuda in Kansas City, Missouri. He remained there until 1887 when he accepted the pulpit of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Philadelphia.

At Keneseth Israel, Krauskopf reorganized the religious school, reinstituted Sunday services and further reformed the religious practices of the already liberal congregation. Krauskopf also wrote a prayer book and a service hymnal, and was a major figure in building a new Temple building for Keneseth Israel, which was dedicated in 1892.

Krauskopf was commited to a back-to-the-land ethic, and in 1894 he travelled to Russia to propose to the Russian government to colonize Jews on farms in the Pale. In 1896 Krauskopf founded the National Farm School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is now known as the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture.

In addition to the National Farm School, Krauskopf was involved in a great many other pursuits. He was instrumental in establishing the Jewish Publication Society, the Model Housing Society, and the Keneseth Israel Free Library. A devoted patriot, Krauskopt founded the Patriotic Society of Philadelphia in 1910. Rabbi Krauskopf also was a spokesman for Reform Judaism, and often was called upon to be a representative of the Jewish community in local and national events.

Many assistant rabbis served with Joseph Krauskopf, and most went on to distinguished careers. Krauskopf's assistant rabbis included: Abraham Feldman, James Heller, Isaac Landman, J. Leonard Levy, and Eli Mayer.

Rabbi Krauskopf died on June 12, 1923, after a short illness. David Philipson, a classmante of Krauskopf in the first class at Hebrew Union College, was the principal speaker at the Memorial Services.

From the description of Papers, 1885-1923. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122491152

Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf was one of the most prominent American rabbis of his day. Noted for his dynamic preaching and his firm stance on social justice, Krauskopf was a very well-known figure in the Jewish community. Krauskopf was born in Ostrowo, Poland in 1858, and came to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1862. In 1875, he entered the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati as a member of its first class, and was ordained in 1883. Upon ordination, Krauskopf accepted the call to Reform Congregation B'nai Jehuda in Kansas City, Missouri. He remained there until 1887 when he accepted the pulpit of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Philadelphia.

Krauskopf was commited to a back-to-the-land ethic, and in 1894 he travelled to Russia to propose to the Russian government to colonize Jews on farms in the Pale. In 1896 Krauskopf founded the National Farm School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is now known as the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture.

Rabbi Krauskopf died on June 12, 1923, after a short illness.

From the description of Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf papers, 1880-1923 [microform] : incoming correspondence. (Center for Research Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233573416

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creatorOf Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf papers, 1880-1923 [microform] : incoming correspondence. Center for Research Libraries, CRL
referencedIn Gotthard Deutsch Papers, 1859-1922, 1900-1920 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Records, 1873-1985. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn National Fram School. [Letter] 1917, April 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island, New York / Jos. Krauskopf. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Zirndorf, Heinrich, 1829-1893. Papers, 1832-1893. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Baron de Hirsch Fund Records, undated, 1819-1991 (bulk 1882-1935) American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Papers, 1885-1923. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Sonneschein, Solomon H., 1839-1908. Papers, 1871-1893. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nearing, Scott,. Oral History Interview, 1969. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1901. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919. Cornell University Library
creatorOf National Farm School (Doylestown, Pa.). Board of Trustees. Minute books, 1896-1921. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Hyman G. Enelow Papers., 1897-1933. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Papers relating to Jewish farmers and the Woodbine Agricultural Colony in New Jersey, 1907-1935. American Jewish Archives
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associatedWith Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. person
associatedWith Baron de Hirsch Fund (1891 - Present) person
associatedWith Beck, James M. (James Montgomery), 1861-1936. person
associatedWith Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887. person
associatedWith Bettmann, Bernhard. person
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associatedWith Blankenburg, Rudolph. person
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associatedWith Converse, John H. (John Heman), 1840-1910. person
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associatedWith Delaware Valley College. corporateBody
associatedWith Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (Doylestown, PA.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Deutsch, Gotthard, 1859-1921 person
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associatedWith Fels, Samuel Simeon, 1860-1950. person
associatedWith Field, Benjamin Rush. person
associatedWith Fiis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. person
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
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associatedWith Hollander, Jacob H. (Jacob Harry), 1871-1940. person
associatedWith Jewish Publication Society. corporateBody
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associatedWith Keneseth Israel Free Library (Philadelphia, Pa.). corporateBody
associatedWith Lane, Franklin K. person
associatedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924. person
associatedWith Longworth, Nicholas, 1869-1931. person
associatedWith Lubin, David, 1849-1919. person
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associatedWith National Fram School. corporateBody
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associatedWith Patriotic Society of Philadelphia (Pa.). corporateBody
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associatedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Schiff, Joacob H. (Jacob Henry), 1847-1920. person
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associatedWith White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Wise, Isaac Mayer, 1819-1900. person
correspondedWith Zirndorf, Heinrich, 1829-1893. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Subject
Reform Judaism
Jews--Religious life and customs
Jewish leadership
Occupation
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Birth 1858

Death 1923

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