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Avraham Samuel Soltes

Rabbi Avraham Soltes (1917-1983) was a Reform Jewish rabbi, the Jewish chaplain at the United States Military Academy in West Point, an author and a leading figure in Jewish cultural affairs. He was born in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1937 and received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1938. After being ordained in 1942 by the Jewish Institute of Religion (now HUC-JIR), he served as chaplain at Cornell and McGill Universities and then was assistant rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan from 1946 to 1949. He subsequently served as rabbi at Temple Sharey Tefilo in East Orange and Temple Emanuel in Great Neck. He began his service at West Point as a voluntary chaplain in 1963 and was made a permanent member of the staff in 1981. His interests also took him into commerce, and from 1969 to 1974, he was vice president for community affairs of the Glen Alden Corporation, which in 1972 was merged into the Rapid America Corporation. From 1974 to 1977, he was assistant to the president of Tel Aviv University. He was credited with a key role in the establishment of the New York medical division at the university. In 1981, Rabbi Soltes received the Jabotinsky Award from Prime Minister Menachim Begin for his service to Israel. From 1977 until his death Rabbi Soltes had been the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Chavairuth of Bergen County, in Tenafly, N.J. He participated in many cultural and educational activities that interpreted Jewish art, music and literature. He was chairman of the National Jewish Music Council from 1963 to 1969 and a member of the board of the National Jewish Book Council from 1967 to 1972. Rabbi Soltes, a commentator on Jewish music for American listeners, was the host of a radio program, ''The Music of Israel,'' on WQXR from 1974-1983. Among his writings were Palestine in Poetry and Song of the Jewish Diaspora (Master's thesis HUC-JIR 1942) and Off The Willows: The Rebirth of Modern Jewish Music (1970).

Children’s Prayer for the Recovery of our President [Dwight D. Eisenhower], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1955)

Contributed on: 26 Sep 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for the recovery of President Dwight D. Eisenhower following a severe heart attack in late September 1955. . . .


[Prayer before] the Chamber of Commerce and Civics [of the Oranges & Maplewood, New Jersey], a Cold War prayer by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1950)

Contributed on: 25 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for the continuance of “the American way of life” offered during the Cold War (1947-1953) in northern New Jersey. . . .


[Prayer for a] Nurses’ Commencement, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

Contributed on: 18 Sep 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for a Nurse’s Commencement ceremony at Beth Israel Hospital on 19 September 1951. . . .


[Prayer for a] Teachers’ Commencement, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer offered at a ceremony honoring the graduated of the New Jersey State Teachers’ College in Newark in 1951. . . .


[Prayer for a] Tree Planting, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1952)

Contributed on: 25 Aug 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for planting a tree or trees. . . .


Prayer for American Enterprise [at the opening of a Kresge’s department store], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1956)

Contributed on: 25 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer offered at the opening of a department store during the post-WWII economic expansion in the United States. . . .


[Prayer for] Brotherhood Week, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

Contributed on: 17 Sep 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for Brotherhood Week, written in 1951. . . .


[Prayer for] Little League [Baseball], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for American democracy as enshrined in Little League Baseball. . . .


[Prayer for] Memorial Day, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1954)

Contributed on: 26 Aug 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for Memorial Day in the United States, composed in 1954. . . .


[Prayer for] Rebirth, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer anticipating the spring as a metaphor for liberation, mental wellness, and spiritual rebirth. . . .


[Prayer for the] Dedication of a Medical Research Clinic, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Contributed on: 18 Sep 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

“Dedication of Medical Research Clinic” was first published in Rabbi Avraham Soltes’ collection of prayers, תפלה Invocation: Sheaf of Prayers (Bloch 1959). . . .


[Prayer] in Illness, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer to provide some relief and comfort tor an ill patient. . . .


[Prayer] in Spring, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer “in spring” that uses the metaphor of mining for seeking out the goodness in one’s fellow. . . .


Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Avraham Soltes on 21 March 1966

Contributed on: 20 Mar 2024 by Avraham Samuel Soltes | United States Congressional Record |

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 21 March 1966. . . .


[Prayer on] the Birthday of the United Nations, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1947)

Contributed on: 25 Aug 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for United Nations Day, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. . . .


[Prayer on the] Retirement of a Civic Servant (Mayor Charles Henry Martens), by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1952)

Contributed on: 26 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer composed for a ceremony honoring the tenure of Charles Henry Martens, mayor of East Orange, New Jersey on his retirement from three decades of civic service. . . .


📖 תפלה | Tefilah ⁠— Invocation: A Sheaf of Prayers, composed and arranged by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1959)

Contributed on: 06 Nov 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (digital imaging and document preparation) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A collection of public and pulpit prayers composed by Rabbi Abraham Samuel Soltes between 1948 and 1959. . . .



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