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Name: Felix Adler, Ph.D. (1851-1933)
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Adler (Opens in a new window)
Birthdate: August 13, 1851
Education: Completed Post-Graduate College
Religion: Judaism- Reform
His family emigrated from Germany to the USA when he was six. Founder of the Ethical Culture Society, New York (1876) The following statement attributed to Felix Adler in 1877 is taken from: Great Ages and Ideas of The Jewish People. (Schwarz, Leo W. (Ed) (1956).The Modern Library. Random House, p. 366). "The extent of Reform varied. Extreme reformers like the members of the Frankfort Reform Society in the 1840s and later Felix Adler in New York, rejected even circumcision. To Adler, at that time a professor of philosophy at Columbia University and soon thereafter founder of the Ethical Culture movement, this ritual appeared as 'simply barbarous in itself and utterly barbarous and contemptible in its origin.' Coming from a former rabbinical student and son of the leading Reform rabbi, Samuel Adler, this declaration called forth sharp condemnation even from Isaac Mayer Wise, one of the recognized leaders of the Reform movement, who dismissed Adler as an 'unknown little Professor of Semitic languages'. The issue was debated time and again in both Germany and America. Yet circumcision has remained the accepted form of admission to the Covenant of Abraham among the overwhelming majority of Reform Jews."