NEW YORK (May. 25)
A bronze head of the late Louis Lipsky, well known American Zionist leader, was presented today to the Zionist Archives, library of the Jewish Agency for Israel, by Harry Scherman, president of the Book of the Month Club, at ceremonies marking the first anniversary of Mr. Lipsky’s death.
The sculpture of Mr. Lipsky is by the famous sculptor, Robert Berks, whose head of the late President Kennedy was recently purchased by Huntington Hartford for permanent exhibition in the organ room of the Gallery of Modern Art. Among other of Mr. Berks’ well known sculptures are heads of President Truman, Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, Leonard Bernstein and the nine-foot high statue of Justice Brandeis on the campus of Brandeis University.
Tributes to Mr. Lipsky were given by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization; Mr. Scherman, the donor, an old-time friend; and Mrs. Rose L. Halprin, chairman of the Jewish Agency–American Section, who accepted the bronze from Mr. Scherman.
Recalling Mr. Lipsky as a Zionist leader, teacher and writer, Mrs. Halprin said she was certain that Mr. Lipsky would have approved the choice of the site for the placement of the bust, the Zionist Archive and Library, for he was a scholar as well as an activist. She recalled him as “a man who disliked cliches and slogans and pompous speeches, a man who asked for clarity and freshness of thought, expressed in language of purity and distinction.”
Almost a hundred friends, colleagues and relatives of Mr. Lipsky attended the ceremonies.