Dr. Nelson Glueck: How it really was

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July 26, 2017 09:56
Dr. Nelson Glueck: How it really was

Nelson Glueck in 1956. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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NELSON GLUECK, a debonair rabbi and great archaeologist, was a charismatic man of action as well. He was president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the rabbinical seminaries of the Reform movement. In spite of discrepancies of age and achievements, we had become friends: he a firmly rooted Reform personage, and the writer, a young member of the Prime Minister’s Office, reporting to its director general, the unforgettable Teddy Kollek.

Dr. Nelson Glueck understood the importance of “presence” and of “location, location, location!” He had procured for HUC a prime plot perhaps 100 meters from the King David Hotel. We discussed the dedication ceremony – it was 1963.

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