“My deepest satisfaction in connection with the award of this evening grows out of the circumstance that the committee in charge have chosen one who is in my calling, that of Rabbi and teacher in Israel,” Rabbi Stephen S. Wise declared at the dinner given by the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at the Hotel McAlpin, on the occasion of the awarding to him of the Gottheil Gold Medal of 1925.
“Devoutedly do I pray,” Dr. Wise continued, “that this award may serve notice upon Jewish youth that one may truly serve Israel in and through the ministry – in truth, that there is no better vantage-ground of service to Israel than that afforded by the ministry.”
Other speakers at the dinner were Harold Riegelman, who was chairman; Louis I. Posner who surveyed the history of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, which originally had a Zionist program but later eliminated ‘Zionist’ from its program; George Macy, General Secretary of the Fraternity, Prof. Richard J. H. Gottheil, and Arthur J. W. Hilly, Assistant Corporation Counsel, who represented Mayor Walker.
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