April 8 – Happy Birthday Rabbi Samuel Bloom

RabbiBloom222Today’s birthday celebrant was one of the most respected and longest serving religious leaders in Amsterdam’s history. He became the spiritual leader for the Congregation Sons of Israel in 1949, replacing Rabbi Jack Weitman, He continued in that role for the next four decades.

Rabbi Samuel Bloom was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia on April 8, 1926. Highly educated, he earned bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from NYU, sandwiching a masters in between from Union College. He was ordained at Beth Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in Brooklyn.

The Congregation’s Synagogue was located on the corner of Liberty and Grove Street when Bloom first arrived in town and it thrived under his leadership. He was a gifted orator, just as well versed on most secular issues as he was the Torah. His schedule was filled with speaking engagements all over the city and every Sunday morning he hosted his own talk show on WCSS radio for thirty years. A true servant of the community, Bloom was …

The rest of Rabbi Bloom’s birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

This Amsterdam WWII hero was also born on April 8.

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