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American rabbi; born at Pittsburg, Pa., March 18, 1857. He was educated at the Central High School of his native city, at Cornell University, and at the Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati, O. Berkowitz has held the position of rabbi of the Sha'are Shamayim congregation in Mobile, Ala., 1883-88; of the B'nai Jehuda congregation in Kansas City, Mo., 1888-92; and of the Rodeph Shalom congregation, Philadelphia, Pa., since 1892. He is the founder and chancellor of the Jewish Chautauqua Society since 1893, one of the board of governors of the Hebrew Union College, and a member of the publication committee of the Jewish Publication Society. He is a member of the first or pioneer class of Jewish ministers that graduated from the Hebrew Union College. The published works of Berkowitz are as follows: "Bible Ethics," 1883; "First Union Hebrew Reader" and "Second Union Hebrew Reader," 1883; "Judaism and the Social Question," 1888; "The Pulpit Message," 1892; "The Open Bible," 1896—a guide to a choice of reading from the Old Testament, taking account of the critical standpoint; "Kiddush: Sabbath Sentiment in the Home," illustrated, 1898. Berkowitz has contributed many papers to various Jewish and secular journals.

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