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Jospeh L. Baron

Joseph L. Baron (1894-1960) was born in Vilna. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1907, Baron studied rabbinics at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Hebrew Union College (HUC), where he was ordained in 1920. After serving as a congregational rabbi in Davenport, Iowa for six years, Rabbi Baron moved to Temple Emanu-El in Milwaukee in 1926. While there, Baron helped establish Reform congregations in many Wisconsin towns and taught at the Milwaukee State Teachers College. Rabbi Baron was a prolific scholar, publishing many volumes, including, In Quest of Integrity, Death in Jewish Folk Religion, and compiled A Treasury of Jewish Quotations. Among his many communal activities, Rabbi Baron served on the Board of Governors of HUC. Joseph L. Baron died in 1960.

Opening prayer for the 12th U.A.W.–C.I.O. Labor Convention in Milwaukee, by Rabbi Joseph Baron (1949)

Contributed on: 09 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jospeh L. Baron |

This prayer, initially delivered by Rabbi Joseph Baron as an invocation at the opening of the 12th U.A.W.-C.I.O. Labor Convention in Milwaukee, July 1949, was included in the anthology, The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), pp. 81-82. The prayer was selected for the anthology by Walter P. Reuther (1907-1970), a Lutheran, a leader of organized labor, and a civil rights activist who built the United Automobile Workers (UAW) into one of the most progressive labor unions in American history. . . .



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