Cincinnati, O., (Jul. 20)
America cannot follow foreign patterns, declared Dr. I. M. Rubinow, international secretary of B’nai B’rith, in an address at a testimonial luncheon given in his honor by a civic, non-sectarian committee, in recognition of the appearance of his newest book on the social order, “The Quest for Security.”
Dr. Rubinow expressed satisfaction at having seen his ideas, despised as recently as twenty years ago, become popular.
Rabbi Samuel Wohl presided, and there were eulogies by City Manager Clarence A. Dykstra, Fred K. Hoehler, Director of Public Safety; Alfred M. Cohen, president of B’nai B’rith, and Miss Frances Whitney of Columbus, assistant director of unemployment #elief for Ohio.
Rabbi Wohl summarized the eulogies voiced in these words:
“Among the distinguished names of the country, the name of Dr. Rubinow is a very significant one. His achievements are his finest testimonial, for he is the teacher who has raised a generation of disciples. It was twenty years ago that Dr. Rubinow first brought to the attention of the country the need for social security. His book then published, ‘Social Insurance,’ became the text for a generation of sociologists and economists.
“Today we are celebrating the appearance of a splendid contribution that sums up vividly and with a great deal of exuberance the social problems of the day. The new volume of Dr. Rubinow, ‘The Quest for Security,’ I hope, will become another milestone in the economic and social development of the country.
“It would be difficult to enumerate or to even pause for a moment at each and everyone of the activities Dr. Rubinow has been engaged in. As the executive head of the largest international Jewish order in the world he occupies a position of great authority in Jewish life. Dr. Rubinow is not only a scholar and teacher, but also one of the best workers for public welfare in the land. He has served on commissions in Ohio, notably the Governor’s Unemployment Insurance Commission, and is now advising on the administration of the Old Age Pension Law. He has time and again been called by Federal Boards and congressional commissions for expert testimony. His writings in periodicals would in themselves constitute a number of volumes over a period of years.
“To us in Cincinnati he has been a great asset. He has given of himself unsparingly to the civic welfare. We rejoice that he lives among us, and we express to him our deep affection and friendship on this occasion.”