Asher, Joseph, 1921-1990

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Joseph Asher and his family were from Germany, which they fled in 1936. Before serving as rabbi of San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El (1967-1985), Asher first served congregations in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina. After the Holocaust, Asher found West Germany's attempts to instill "a sense of atonement" about the Holocaust in its young people to be honest but, overall, a "negative and incomplete approach." In 1966, Asher succeeded in getting the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to sponsor a project where rabbis visited West Germany and taught Germans about Jews. In 1989, West Germany awarded Asher the Grand Cross of Merit. He died in 1990.

From the description of Joseph Asher papers, 1949-1992. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 229157092

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creatorOf Asher, Joseph, 1921-1990. Joseph Asher papers, 1949-1992. Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Rabbi Morris Goldstein Library
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associatedWith American Jewish Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith American Jewish Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Board of Rabbis of Northern California. corporateBody
associatedWith Brandeis Hillel Day School (San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bureau of Jewish Education (San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Holocaust Memorial Council. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--San Francisco


Birth 1921-01-07

Death 1990-05-29



Ark ID: w6962spx

SNAC ID: 6059364