Alfred Wolf (rabbi)

Alfred Wolf (1915–2004) was a German-born American rabbi.

Alfred Wolf
Born 1915

Died August 1, 2004

Nationality United States (naturalized in 1941)
Occupation Rabbi
Spouse(s) Miriam Wolf
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter

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Alfred Wolf was born in 1915 in Eberbach, Germany.[1][2][3] He attended a Hebrew seminary in Berlin and went to the Hebrew Union College in Ohio on a student exchange program.[1] As the Nazis had come to power, Wolf decided to stay in the United States.[1] He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1941.[1] Later that year, he sponsored his parents to emigrate to the United States on visas.[4]

Wolf served as a rabbi in Dothan, Alabama from 1941 to 1946.[1] He served as the director of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1946 to 1949.[1]

Wolf became a rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Reform synagogue in Los Angeles, California, from 1949 to 1985.[1][2][3] During his tenure, he promoted inter-faith dialogue, even meeting Pope John Paul II in 1987.[1] Additionally, he established summer camps for Jewish children on the West coast.[1] As early as 1952, he established Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, California.[3][4]

Wolf co-founded the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California in 1969.[1][2][4] He served as its founding president.[1] During the 1984 Summer Olympics, he made sure the organizers added a mosque for Muslim athletes.[1][2]

Wolf served as the founding director of the Skirball Institute on American Values, a program of the American Jewish Committee founded by Jack H. Skirball, from 1985 to 1996.[2][5][6]

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