Sol M. Stroock Eulogized at Services in Temple Emanuel
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Sol M. Stroock Eulogized at Services in Temple Emanuel

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Leaders of American Jewry and the New York bar gathered today to pay tribute to the late Sol M. Stroock at impressive funeral ceremonies in Temple Emanuel.

Several hundred people heard Dr. Stephen S. Wise eulogize Mr. Stroock as “? noble Jew who rightly bore his Jewishness as a badge of honor. A honor to which he added by a life time of wise and deep concern for the well-being of his wronged brother Jews and by steadfast and generous support of Israel’s institutions of learning.”

Rabbi Samuel Schulman, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel, praised Mr. Stroock as a “true son of Israel, whose untiring efforts on behalf of Israel’s holy traditions and whose good deeds on behalf of his fellow men made him beloved.”

Among the honorary pall bearers who proceeded the flower-decked casket down the aisle after the services, were William Rosenwald, Hon. Irwin Untermeyer, Paul F. Werburg, Henry Ittleson, Judge Irving Lehman, Dr. Sol Lowenstein and Samuel Leidesdorf.

Other rabbis officiating were: Dr. Samuel H. Goldenson of Temple Emanuel and Dr. Israel Goldstein of Congregation B’nai Jeshrun.

Immediately following the services the funeral cortege, led by three flowerladen automobiles, proceeded to Salem Fields Cemetery in Brooklyn, where the burial took place.


The Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee in a statement under the signatures of Louis E. Kirstein, Chairman and Morris D. Waldman, General Secretary, said: “Mr. Stroock was a member of the American Jewish Committee for many years. In 1930 he was elected to the Executive Committee, and in 1934 he became its Chairman. Following the death of Dr. Cyrus Adler, in the Spring of 1940, Mr. Stroock was elected to succeed him as President at the thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Committee, in January, 1941.

“During the many years of his association with the Committee, Mr. Stroock actively participated in its work. As Chairman of the Executive Committee, especially during the last few years of Dr. Adler’s life, Mr. Stroock devoted a great part of his time, his energies and his many talents to the direction of the activities of the organization. His unstinted conscientious services were especially needed because the unhappy situation of Jews in European countries made necessary the augmentation of the work of the American Jewish Committee. It was during this period that the Committee was compelled to expand its organization and to intensify its activities. While deeply deploring the tragic events which made these steps necessary, Mr. Stroock gave skilled guidance and sagacious counsel.

“Mr. Stroock never sought personal recognition or commendation. He was whole heatedly and unreservedly interested in the cause for which the Committee is laboring, and gave a noble example to his colleagues of complete selflessness and boundless devotion.

“His colleagues of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee deeply mourn the passing of their leader and associate. We will sadly miss his genial


Mr. Henry Monsky, president of the B’nai B’rith, and Maurice Bisgyer, secretary, in a message from Washington stated. “B’nai B’rith extends sincere condolences to Mrs. Sol Stroock and family and to the American Jewish Committee on the passing of a great leader of Israel and American communal life. The nobility of his character and the wide scope of his humanitarian interests will serve as an everlasting monument to his memory.”


Edward M. M. Warburg, chairman of the American Joint Distribution Committee, issued a statement saying: “The passing of Mr. Sol Stroock leaves an irreplaceable gap in the American scene and the Jewish community especially. He had a kindliness, a wisdom and a nobility which transcended all barriers of age or generation. We can ill-afford to have lost another great representative of the Old Guard.”


George Z. Medalie, president of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City, said: “In the philanthropic and religious life of the community, Sol M. Stroock was an outstanding leader whose sagacity, vision and deep understanding of life made him always greatly sought after as counselor and guide. He was a man of great spiritual quality, with a strong hold on the affections of all who knew him. We have suffered an irreparable loss in his passing.”


Mr. Jacob Blaustein, chairman of the Board of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in a statement declared: “The death of Sol M. Stroock removed from the Jewish scene a wise leader whose passing will be mourned by all who appreciated his keen and consistent interest in all meritorious Jewish movements. Mr. Stroock’s leading position in defense activities as President of the American Jewish Committee, amongst his other activities, makes his passing an irreparable loss – the more deplorable coming at this critical juncture in the history of our people.”


Morris D. Waldman, General Secretary of the American Jewish Committee, in a statement said: “Still dazed by the shock of the sudden death of Sol Stroock, I can at this moment only give vent to my feeling of grief over the loss of a friend of many years, and a chief who was wise and understanding. Like his illustrious predecessors in the office of President of the American Jewish Committee, Louis Marshall and Cyrus Adler, he too personified the synthesis of Jew and American in the highest degree. We shall miss his guidance and direction, but we will carry on in his spirit.”


The Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs issued the following statement signed by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Louis Lipsky and Robert Szold: “The Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs mourns deeply the passing of Sol Stroock. His wide sympathies and his great qualities of leadership will be sorely missed Mr. Stoockel {SPAN}##.{/SPAN}


William Rosenwald, President of the National Refugee Service, said: “The loss to the American Jewish community in the death of Sol M. Stroock is great. The loss to those of us who knew him and worked with him closely is equally great. But the greatest loss of all is to the many thousands who, though they may never have seen him, were the beneficiaries of his wisdom and his philanthropy. His long record in behalf of his oppressed co-religionists in Europe in former years stands as an enduring monument. He was to less active in aiding the emigres who, fleeing from today’s hatred, reached the freedom of America.

“Within the last few years the National Refugee Service has been benefited by Sol Stroock’s valued counsel. Despite the many demands upon him he was always ready to give thought to the complex problems of the thousands of newcomers, whom he saw not only as co-religionists in need of succor, but as potential assets to American democracy. In our sorrow at his passing we have one consolation in remembering that he has left a worthy representative behind in his son, Alan M. Stroock, Chairman of the German-Jewish Children’s Aid.”


Dr. Jonah B. Wise, as chairman of the New York United Jewish Appeal, issued a statement reading: “The officers and Directors of the New York United Jewish Appeal record their deep sorrow at the passing of Sol M. Stroock, and join with his many friends in extending profound condolences to the members of his family. A leader in civic and community affairs, the late Mr. Stroock had been long associated with welfares and philanthropic causes. As Honorary Vice Chairman and one of the guiding forces of the United Jewish Appeal, he had won the affection and esteem of all who were privileged to work with him in bringing succor and hope to distressed Jews overseas. We deeply mourn his passing.”


The National Jewish Welfare Board, under the signatures of Frank L. Weil, president, and John M. Schiff, chairman of the Army and Navy Committee, issued the following statement: “The National Jewish Welfare Board hereby expresses deep sorrow in the passing of Sol M. Stroock, distinguished leader, public servant, warm supporter of Jewish institutions of learning, and friend of youth. As former President of the New York-Metropolitan Section of the Jewish Welfare Board, former President of the 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association, and President of the American Jewish Committee, an affiliated national body of the Army and Navy Committee of the Jewish Welfare Board, his cooperation, support and advice have been invaluable. The Board extends to his wife and family its sincere sympathy in their bereavement. His passing constitutes a great loss to the community.”


Frederick M. Warburg, president of the Y.M.H.A., in a statement declared: “The Board of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association records herewith its deep sorrow at the


Adolph Held, President of the Jewish Labor Committee, said: “He is a great loss to the efforts for Jewish unity. His tact, his tolerance of other people’s views made his presence among people who differed in their points of view a source of amicable and sensible adjustment. In these troublesome times when so much has to be done for our brethren on the other side and for our cause here, his loss is irreparable.”


The Board of Directors of the Jewish Theological Seminary, under the signatures of Dr. Louis Finkelstein, president, and Henry S. Hendricks, secretary, said in a statement: “Mr. Stroock was the beloved and devoted associate of Solomon Schechter and Cyrus Adler. He was deeply interested in the spiritual and educational program of the Seminary and an indispensable aid in its material upbuilding. His religious feeling, his devotion to the sacred literature and lore of Judaism, the principles of personal conduct by which he was guided and his self-sacrifice on behalf of all good causes made him one of the distinguished citizens of our country, as well as a universally beloved member of our faith. His friendship was a blessing to us during his life and his memory will remain blessed forever.


The United Synagogue of America, in a statement signed by Louis J. Moss, president, Dr. Charles Hoffman, Cor. Sec. and Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, Executive Director, said: “The United Synagogue of America records with deep sorrow the passing of an illustrious Jew and humanitarian. No cause which made for the betterment of human kind was foreign to his aim and purpose.”


Abraham Herman, president of HIAS, issued a statement reading: “The Board of Directors of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society records with deep sorrow the passing of Sol M. Stroock, leader in American Jewry.”

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