Marking the fifth anniversary of his leadership as rabbi of the Central Synagogue, about 600 members of the congregation paid tribute to Rabbi Jonah B. Wise at a dinner given for him on Sunday night at the Hotel Astor. Leaders in New York Jewry praised Rabbi Wise for his character and deep understanding of all that is Jewish.
Among the speakers were Max L. Schallek, President of the Board of trustees of the Central Synagogue, who called upon American Jews to return to “the true ideals of Judaism and forget an era in which materialism has been our god”; Dr. Julian Morgenstern, President of the Hebrew Union College; Felix M. Warburg, who said he wished that theological seminaries could “turn out Jonah Wises at the rate of twenty a year”; Mrs. William M. Flexner, president of the women’s group in the synagogue; and Emanuel Goldstein, president of the men’s organization.
Former Attorney General Albert Ottinger was toastmaster. Others who attended the dinner were Rabbi Nathan Krass of Temple Emanu-el; Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times; David A. Brown; Ben Altheimer; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgenthau; Dr. Lee K. Frankel, and Mrs. Alexander Kohut. Mrs. Isaac M. Wise, mother of Rabbi Wise, was a guest of honor.