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As a Mighty Stream: The Life of an American Rabbi with Rabbi Teitelbaum

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

Rabbi Herbert David Teitelbaum grew up in San Francisco’s Western Addition, the son of Yiddish-speaking immigrants. Immersed in Jewish culture, religion, and tradition, he became a rabbi, serving as an army chaplain during the Korean War. His postings to the South during his seminary days sparked his anger at the Jim Crow system and his desire to join the civil rights movement. He joined Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle for civil rights in Selma, Alabama in 1965. In 1976, he travelled to the USSR to assist Soviet Jews and support refuseniks. Rabbi Teitelbaum’s new memoir, As a Mighty Stream: The Life of an American Rabbi, chronicles his full and active life in service to the Jewish community.

Rabbi H. David Teitelbaum was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City in 1951. Having served Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City for thirty-eight years, he is now rabbi emeritus. After retiring, Rabbi Teitelbaum spent ten years as executive director of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California. 

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera. Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and the Board of Rabbis of Northern California. 

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.