Morris Lichtenstein

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Morris Lichtenstein (1889–1938) was the founder of the Society of Jewish Science.[1] Born in Lithuania, he later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he was ordained by the Reform Hebrew Union College in 1916, becoming the first Eastern European student to ever study at the institution.

Lichtenstein served as a Rabbi in Amsterdam, Troy, and New York City, where he received a Master's degree in Psychology from Columbia University in 1919. He briefly served a congregation in Athens, Georgia before moving back to New York to marry Tehilla Hirshenson in 1920. Together they founded the Society of Jewish Science in 1921[2] (or 1922[3][4]).

After Lichtenstein's death in 1938, his wife took over his post and became the first Jewish woman in America with her own congregational pulpit. However, she was never ordained, and never held a rabbinic title.[5] She also took over his duties as editor of the Jewish Science Interpreter magazine, serving until her death in 1973.[2]


Morris Lichtenstein, Jewish Science and Health, (New York, NY: Jewish Science, 1925)

See also


  1. Irene Danon, 'Rabbi Morris Litchtensteain', California Society of Jewish Science. Retrieved October 16, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Jewish Women's Archives: Personal Information for Tehilla Lichenstein' citing "Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives". Retrieved October 16, 2006.
  3. 'This Week in History: Week 49', Jewish Women's Archives (2006). Retrieved 16 October 2006.
  4. Ellen M. Umansky, From Christian Science to Jewish Science - Spiritual Healing and American Jews (Oxford: Oxford University, 2004) ISBN 0-19-504400-2
  5. [1]. Retrieved October 16, 2006.