Julius Eckman: Rabbi and Jewish Newspaper Owner of Early San Francisco

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Rabbi Julius Eckman

Rabbi Julius Eckman WS15/2111

Rabbi Julius Eckman
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Julius Eckman was born in Rawicz in the Polish province of Posen in 1805,

Rabbi Julius Eckman received his education in Germany, then came to America in 1849.

He had been a merchant in London for three years prior to coming to the United States.

Rabbi Eckman served three Congregations in the South, from 1849 to 1853.

 

San Francisco

Rabbi Eckman arrived in San Francisco in 1854, and served as Spiritual Leader of Congregation Emanu-El for one year

His unwillingness to compromise on ritual matters was such that his one-year contract was not renewed.

The religious school Rabbi Eckman founded at Congregation Emanu-El followed him and was known as the Hephtsi-Bah School.

Rabbi Eckman also operated a day school at the same location, known as the Harmonica School.

 

Publishing

In 1857 Rabbi Eckman established an Anglo-Jewish weekly newspaper, The Weekly Gleaner

It is one of our more valuable resources for Jewish history of the early West.

It is of interest to note that the first experience in journalism of the brothers Charles and Michael DeYoung who later founded the San Francisco Chronicle, was as typesetters for Rabbi Eckman’s Jewish paper.

The Weekly Gleaner, after numerous name changes and mergers still exists as the San Francisco Bulletin. (J)

 

Portland, Oregon

Eckman served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of Port­land from 1863 to 1866.

ln 1872 he organized Congregation Ahavai Shalom in that city, which today, as Congregation Neveh Shalom, is the largest Conservative Congregation in the Northwest.

 

Rabbi Julius Eclmian died in 1874, and is interred in the Row of Honor, Hills of Eternity of Congregation Sherith Israel in Colma, California, just south of San Francisco.

 

More information can be found in the following issues of Western States Jewish History:

  • Eckman, Julius. Rev. Dr. Julius Eckman, “The Rabbi”, San Francisco, California. O.P.Fitzgerald.; 40/1.
  • Eckman, Rabbi Julius; Rabbi Julius Eckman and the Elephants; San Francisco; Clar, Reva; 20/1
  • Eckman, Rabbi Julius & Bien, Rabbi Herman; Julius Eckman and Herman Bien; The Battling Rabbis of San Francisco; Part 3; San Francisco; Clar, Reva & Kramer, William M.; 15/4
  • Eckman, Rabbi Julius & Bien, Rabbi Herman; Julius Eckman and Herman Bien: The Battling Rabbis of San Francisco; Part 2; San Francisco; Clar, Reva & Kramer, William M.; 15/3
  • Eckman, Rabbi Julius & Bien, Rabbi Herman; Julius Eckman and Herman Bien: The Battling Rabbis of San Francisco; Part 1; San Francisco; Clar, Reva & Kramer, William M.; 15/1
  • Eckman, Rabbi Julius, Pioneer Jews of San Francisco, Part One, A-L, Norton Stern, 41/1
  • Rabbi Julius Eckman and the Elephants; Clar, Reva; 20/1

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