The 111th anniversary of the birth of Isaac Meyer Wise, founder of American Reform Judaism, was celebrated both in New York and Cincinnati yesterday. At the exercises here in New York, which were held in connection with the dedication of the Isaac M. Wise Memorial Hall in Temple Emanu-El, Judge Irving Lehman presided and Rabbi Jonah B. Wise of the Central Synagogue, a son of Isaac M. Wise, spoke on his memories of his father. Other speakers were Rabbis Schulman and Enelow and Murray Seasongood, former Mayor of Cincinnati and a member of the Hebrew Union College board of directors.
Isaac Meyer Wise came to America in 1846 and soon thereafter he began an agitation for reforms in the Jewish religious services. In 1854 he founded the “American Israelite” and in 1889 he established the Central Conference of American Rabbis, of which he was the head until his death in 1900.