Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York commemorated what would have been Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld’s 100th birthday last month.
The longtime leader of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, who died April 15, 1996, would have been 100 on Feb. 6. On Feb. 7, the college paid tribute to him. Lelyveld, an internationally known figure, was senior rabbi from 1958 to 1986 and then senior rabbi emeritus.
Rabbi Norman Cohen, former provost and now a professor at the college, offered remarks during morning services, followed by a pizza lunch.
“It was a wonderful tribute to his accomplishments and for what he did to improve the Jewish quality of life,” his widow, Teela, said by telephone from New York. “Rabbi Cohen also participated in my husband’s eulogy.”
Lelyveld will return to Cleveland when Fairmount Temple honors her husband Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. At Kabbalat Shabbat (prayers to welcome Shabbat) services Oct. 11, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., will speak. On Oct. 12, members of the congregation and the community plan to pay tribute to Lelyveld’s leadership, cultural interests and rabbinate at a special luncheon.