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A long playing record of Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver teaching, made in 1954

Last year an eBay search on "Abba Hillel Silver" found a treasure: a 10" long playing record created in 1954. Written and spoken by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, "What is Judaism" is a good sample of his teaching mode. There are no examples here of Silver at his most eloquent moments when he could inspire an audience and bring large crowds to their feet.

To the left is the story from the front page of the May 14, 1954 Jewish Independent that announces that the record is available for sale to benefit the beautification of Ansel Road.

The project was The Temple's response to urban decay that had reached the western edge of their property. It bought and then removed some old buildings on the west side of Ansel Road. In their place it created a well landscaped area that would protect The Temple and enhance its setting. In the summer of 1954 the trustees of The Temple named the area "Silver Park".

Arnold Berger    12/23/17


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From the May 5, 1954 Plain Dealer we learn how the project began and wondered if the record might be found in a library's record collection.


"What Is Judaism" is in the holdings of a few major libraries. As our LP record did not have its original jacket, we are trying to obtain images of the jacket and any printed materials that may have come with the record, to publish them on this page.


Thanks to Seth Arnold for converting the LP to digital format.
The mp3 file has not yet been uploaded.

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