With generous support from Leslie and Abigail Wexner.

The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection

1930-2004 (bulk 1940-1995). Manuscript Collection No. 763

Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman - Champion of Jewish Education, Values, and Peoplehood

Herbert Aaronson Friedman (1918-2008) was a prominent rabbi, Zionist, philanthropist, educator, and communal leader. As the chief executive of the United Jewish Appeal (a forerunner of the contemporary United Jewish Communities) in the 1950s and 1960s, Friedman implemented fundraising strategies that raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Israel and also became foundational principles of modern American Jewish philanthropy. As a co-founder in 1985 (with Leslie Wexner) of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, Rabbi Friedman expanded his work to include education and training of Jewish leaders. The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection, donated to the American Jewish Archives by Rabbi Friedman in 2006, consists of a rich and deep source of documents, audio, and video recordings that reveal a multi-faceted career devoted to justice and the preservation of Jewish life.

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Born in 1918 to Latvian and Lithuanian parents in New Haven, Connecticut, Herbert Friedman demonstrated his life-long commitment to Zionism beginning with his earliest days in rabbinical school. After graduating from Yale University in 1938, Friedman studied under the esteemed Zionist leader, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, at the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. With Wise as the school's president and Henry Slonimsky as dean, Friedman gained two trusted mentors to guide and nurture his spiritual and intellectual growth as a young rabbi.  Read More >