An ardent deep sea fisherman and for twelve years the president of the Beth David Hospital of the Bronx; a strictly orthodox ritual-observing Jew, the treasurer of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the owner and master of a racing sloop and steam yacht; a country gentleman who loves to putter about his spacious garden and a vigorous, dynamic foe of Nazism as a member of the Administrative Committee of the American Jewish Congress-that’s Arthur I. LeVine who will be the guest of honor Sunday evening at a testimonial dinner given in his honor at the Concourse Plaza Hotel by the Jewish Center of University Heights.
A man of many interests, Mr. LeVine has been a leading figure in Jewish communal life in the Bronx for over twenty years. During this period almost no worthwhile philanthropic endeavor has failed to receive a share of Mr. LeVine’s services.
FATHER A RABBI
A. Londoner, where his father is still a rabbi, Mr. LeVine came to this country a penniless young man. He came by way of South Africa, to which he ran away as a boy of sixteen to fight in the Boer War. Here he has prospered in the printing business. And here he has devoted a good measure of his life toward helping those less fortunate than himself.
That he should do so, he holds, is nothing unusual. During a chat in the informality of his home he said he derives as much pleasure from his work for Beth David Hospital as he does from racing twelve-foot boats on Long Island Sound. A well-rounded life, he stated, consists of activities of both types and the omission of either would leave a gap difficult to fill.
Mr. LeVine may best be characterized as a transplanted English gentleman. His love for his home and his garden are indicative of his antecedents. It is apparent he has lavished many hours and more dollars on his beautiful home, a miniature country estate in the city.
BEING HONORED SUNDAY
It is this man who will be honored this Sunday and among the speakers who will pay homage to him are: Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Bernard S. Deutsch, president of the American Jewish Congress; Dr. Jacob Sobol of Beth David Hospital; William Weiss, president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations; Maldwin F. Fertig, president of the Bronx Y. M. H. A.; Professor Horace M. Kallen of the New School for Social Research, Nathan D. Perlman and Judge Harry Stackell, chairman of the dinner committee, who will preside.
The speeches will be broadcast over Station WBNX from 9:30 to 11:00 p. m.