Lecture: Janice Rothschild Blumberg, Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi "Alphabet" Browne, 1845-1929
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Between his arrival in the United States during post-Civil War Reconstruction and his death at the onset of the Great Depression, Edward Benjamin Morris Browne grabbed headlines as a rabbi, journalist, attorney, and political activist, all in the pursuit of justice. While serving congregations in numerous cities, including Atlanta, he published the South's first Jewish-interest newspaper, delivered opening prayers in Congress, served as honorary pall bearer for President Ulysses S. Grant, and helped Benjamin Harrison win the presidency.
Janice Rothschild Blumberg is a native of Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia. She studied American Jewish history while experiencing it, as the widow of two outspoken Jewish leaders, civil rights activist Rabbi Jacob Rothschild of Atlanta and David Blumberg of Knoxville. With a personal interest and unrelenting curiosity, Blumberg has meticulously researched and carefully documented the life of this controversial American rabbi.