Dr. Maxwell Silver, Co-founder of ZOA Predecessor Group, Dead at 75

Dr. Maxwell Silver, a former rabbi, banking executive and veteran Zionist, died here yesterday at the age of 75. Together with his late brother, Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, Dr. Maxwell Silver founded here in 1904 the Dr. Herzl Zion Club, which later became known as the Zionist Organization of America.

Born in Lithuania, Dr. Silver came to the United States in 1901, and was ordained a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1916. He served in various rabbinic posts until 1922, when he became a banking executive and remained in the banking field until his retirement in 1955. He was the author of a number of books, including “Justice and Judaism” and “The Ethics of Judaism.”

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