Jacob Henry Schiff, A Biographical Sketch

By Cyrus Adler

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 1922

This Biographical Sketch delves deeply into the life of Jacob Henry Schiff, a German Jewish immigrant to the United States, who attained his fortune as a financier, yet much of his fame and respect as a philanthropist. As such, this article details his journey to America, his activities as a railroad financier, and as a business partner with the Japanese Emperor, his attitude towards World War I, his religious observance (he was a member of the Reform movement), his opinion on Palestine and Zionism (he did not think Zionism was compatible with Americanism), and his activities as a philanthropist, among other topics covered. Schiff, according to Adler, donated his time and money to many organizations, including to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, to Harvard, Cornell and Columbia Universities, to the Montefiore Home and Hospital and to the Henry Street Settlement.

Topic: Non-Professional Leadership, Development, Lay Leadership, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Zionism

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 23

Page Number(s): 21-64

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Adler, Cyrus. Jacob Henry Schiff, A Biographical Sketch. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 1922: 21-64. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5643


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