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Opening Remarks at Exhibit of Rabbi Judah Nadich chaplaincy documents, JTS November 7, 2011

Remarks of Leah Nadich Meir at the opening of the exhibit of

Judah Nadich: Rabbi, Military Chaplain, and Community Builder at the library at the Jewish Theological Seminary

The entire Nadich extended family is immensely proud and grateful tonight. This exhibit is the culmination of a process that began some three and a half years ago, when our family decided to donate our father’s voluminous papers, records and documents from over fifty years in the active rabbinate to the archives of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

His precise and thorough notes, journals and records reflected his personality, but also his keen sense of history. He was well aware that he was witness to cataclysmic events in Jewish history, both during WW II and afterward, events that he had responsibility to record for future generations. His record-keeping included not only journals, sermon-notes (from every single sermon spanning 60 years!), clippings and professional correspondence, but also, during the war, almost daily letters to his sisters in Baltimore describing the daily challenges of chaplaincy during those tumultuous and often tragic days. He asked them to save the letters for his return; we found them in chronological order among his papers. Later on, he recorded, in daily letters to his then-fiancé, our mother, the daily challenges of a grueling speaking tour throughout South Africa to raise funds for WW II survivors.

When our family considered what to do with this treasure-trove of historical material, we knew that the Seminary was just the natural place for them. Our father had studied here with the  הדור   גדולי(the great scholars of his generation) who influenced him throughout his career (and handwritten notes from their courses are included in the archives); our mother, Hadassah Ribalow Nadich, graduated from the TI and worked here as Executive Secretary of the Rabbinical Assembly. Our parents’ romance and 60-year partnership began in this building during a Rabbinical Assembly convention, when our father was just out of military uniform. Our father served on the Seminary board for many years. Both our parents were deeply and passionately devoted to the Seminary, its mission and its values.

So you see, the Seminar is “home” for these archives. Thanks to an agreement between the Seminary and the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, the materials related to his service during World War II also reside at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, but the entire archival collection is at the Seminary.

We want to express our appreciation to everyone at the Seminary involved in this project: to Chancellor Arnold Eisen for getting the process going: to Dr. David Kraemer, Director of JTS’s library for his ongoing support, to Michala Biondi for her very skilled and devoted work on the archiving process, to Sarah Diamant who curated the exhibit with such care and to Naomi Steinberger at the Seminary library for shepherding the work, overseeing this evening’s event and keeping us posted every step of the way. We also want to express our heartfelt thanks to those who helped make this archiving process possible, and many of you here tonight are counted among them. תודה מקרב לב (thanks from the bottom of our hearts.)

We hope that, beyond those who come to view this wonderful exhibit, researchers and scholars will mine these archives for what they can tell us about the survival and flourishing of the Jewish people from its darkest days to the bright promise of a thriving global Jewish nation that we hope will be fulfilled במהרה בימינו. Our אבא ואמא, סבא וסבתא (Aba, Ima, Saba, Savta) would be truly proud tonight.

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5749-1988

Two years ago on Rosh Hashanah I told you that I was preaching my last Rosh Hashanah sermon at the Park Avenue Synagogue, that I would be retiring at the end of that year.  Well here I am back again and I do not mind telling you it feels good.  I am delighted to stand here again and to be able to look out at this wonderful congregation and to see so many good friends and to have the opportunity of wishing each one of you and your loved ones a year of health and happiness.  I am appreciative of the kind invitation of Rabbi Lincoln and of the officers of our congregation. Continue reading ‘Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5749-1988’

It’s too late for students to interview WWII era Jewish champion of faith (Baltimore Examiner 2.22.08)

The kids in the eighth grade at Yeshivat Rambam, a Jewish school on Park Heights Avenue at Strathmore, have been getting ready to interview Holocaust survivors. Their oral history project is several months too late to include a giant from those days, a man raised in a grocery store not far from their school, down at the corner of Smallwood and Pressbury streets. Rabbi Judah Nadich, a World War II Army chaplain with the rank of lieutenant colonel, was General Eisenhower’sadviser on Jewish affairs when refugees flooded Western Europe at war’s end. He died at age 95 Aug. 26 in New York City. Continue reading ‘It’s too late for students to interview WWII era Jewish champion of faith (Baltimore Examiner 2.22.08)’

Jonathan Sarna on Rabbi Judah Nadich

(below is a speech given at a sheloshim service for Rabbi Judah Nadich)

RABBI JUDAH NADICH (1912-2007)

I did not know Rabbi Nadich personally.  Nommi and I sat in class together at Ramaz (along with Diane Richler, then Comet), but in the antediluvian days when we were in grade school, only Mothers came to visit the class, not fathers.  I do remember Nommi’s mother and I even remember her grandmother, Mrs. Ribalow, who lived near us in Manhattan, and who my parents used to occasionally visit on lonely Shabbat afternoons. Continue reading ‘Jonathan Sarna on Rabbi Judah Nadich’

After Liberation Jews Had Old and New Problems

After Liberation Jews Had Old and New Problems

Eisenhower sickened by concentration camps

By Judah Nadich, special to the Washington Jewish Week (1993)

To say that the American Army did not fight the war in Europe from 1942 to 1945 in order to rescue the Jewish victims of the Nazis is a truism.  But it cannot be gainsaid that as a result of the American – and Russian – victory, Jewish survivors were liberated. Continue reading ‘After Liberation Jews Had Old and New Problems’

Finding Happiness (Bar Mitzvah of Alexander Nadich Levin, 1991)

I must first of all express my appreciation to Rabbi Lincoln for this most gracious introduction. David, I thank you.

During the many years that I served as rabbi of this congregation, I had the privilege of speaking to a large number of boys who became bar mitzvah and girls who celebrated their bat mitzvah. As I think back through the years, I estimate the total must have been at least 1,000 or more, but never was there one like today. Today is a first! My grandson has become bar mitzvah on this very bimah! Yes, during the 30 years that I preached from this pulpit, Hadassah and I had the infinite joy of witnessing the bat mitzvah of each of our three daughters and yes, mine was the great happiness of preaching the sermon and addressing our oldest grandson Tani when he became bar mitzvah. But that was in Teaneck, New Jersey. Today is a first, our grandson Alex becomes a bar mitzvah on this bimah where I have spoken to so many others over the course of the years. Continue reading ‘Finding Happiness (Bar Mitzvah of Alexander Nadich Levin, 1991)’

Rabbi Nadich and President Eisenhower (1962)

  Continue reading ‘Rabbi Nadich and President Eisenhower (1962)’


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