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Philip S. Bernstein

Philip Sidney Bernstein (June 29, 1901 – December 3, 1985) was a Reform rabbi who served as the advisor to the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he helped find homes for over 200,000 displaced Jews. Born in Rochester, New York he went on to study at Syracuse University and the Jewish Institute of Religion. At the age of 25, in 1926, Bernstein returned to Rochester to serve as assistant rabbi of Temple B'rith Kodesh. Within the year he was made rabbi and continued there until the late 1960s. As rabbi, Bernstein began fighting antisemitism; exemplified by his correspondence with his acquaintance Cardinal Edward Mooney. Bernstein requested the Cardinal join him in combating Father Charles Coughlin and his antisemitic National Union for Social Justice. During World War II Bernstein, acted as the official advisor on Jewish affairs to United States Army commanders in Europe, relating the stories of the Holocaust to the United States beginning in 1943. After the war, Bernstein assisted in resettling over 200,000 displaced European Jews. At the petition of Orthodox Jews living in displaced persons' camps, he adopted their proposition that copies of the Talmud should be printed to help support Jewish education in the refugee camps. In the 1950s and 60s, Bernstein served as the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.


Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. Philip S. Bernstein (1951)

Contributed on: 08 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Philip S. Bernstein |

This prayer by Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, then President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was included in the anthology, The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), p. 11. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein on 23 April 1958

Contributed on: 23 Apr 2024 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Philip S. Bernstein | the Congressional Record of the United States of America |

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 23 April 1958 on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. . . .

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