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Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise (Weisz)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Aaron Wise and Sabine Wise
Husband of Louise Wise
Father of James Wise and Justine Polier
Brother of Otto Irving Wise
Half brother of Emil Fischer and Vilma Fischer

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About Stephen Wise

Stephen Samuel Wise (born Weisz) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American Reform rabbi and Zionist leader.

Wise was born in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son and grandson of rabbis. His grandfather, Joseph Hirsch Weisz, was Chief Rabbi of a small town near Budapest. His father, Aaron Wise, earned a Ph.D. and ordination in Europe, and emigrated to the United States to serve as rabbi of Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes in Brooklyn, New York. Wise's maternal grandfather, Móric Farkasházi Fischer, created the Herend Porcelain Company. When Wise's father Aaron Wise sought to unionize the company, Moric gave the family one-way tickets to New York.

Wise immigrated to New York as an infant with his family. His father became rabbi of Rodeph Sholom, a Manhattan Conservative congregation of wealthy German Jews.

Wise studied at the College of the City of New York, Columbia College (B.A. 1892), and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1901), and later pursued rabbinical studies under Richard Gottheil, Kohut, Gersoni, Joffe, and Margolis. In 1933, Wise received an L.H.D. from Bates College.


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Stephen Wise's Timeline

March 17, 1874
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 26
Age 28
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, United States
April 19, 1949
Age 75