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Manuscript Collection No. 50
George Zepin was born in Kiev, Russia on June 8, 1878, the son of Otto and Hannah Zepin. He was brought to the United States in 1882. In 1900 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College.
Zepin began his rabbinical career by serving as a rabbi in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1900 to 1903. In 1903 he was appointed to the newly-created position of Field Secretary of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). In this capacity, Zepin travelled throughout the United States bringing Reform Judaism and the UAHC to small towns and bringing information about American Jews and Jewish congregations to the UAHC. In 1905 Zepin was appointed as the first director of the UAHC Department of Synagogue and School Extension. He resigned from this position in 1906 and then spent one year as superintendent of the Jewish Social Agencies in Chicago and one year as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Fort Worth, Texas. While in Fort Worth he also served as Commissioner of Charities for the city. In 1910 Zepin was re-appointed Director of the Department of Synagogue and School Extension. He maintained this position until 1917, when he became the secretary of the UAHC.
As UAHC secretary Zepin was a constructive worker in the fields of Jewish religion and Jewish social service. He played a vital role both in the development of the UAHC and its Department of Synagogue and School Extension. He founded, wholly or in part, many of the UAHC departments and affiliates, such as the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and the National Federation of Temple Youth. Zepin served for a number of years as the Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.
In 1941 Zepin resigned as secretary of the UAHC. He was then appointed Honorary Secretary of the Union as well as secretary of the UAHC-CCAR Joint Committee on Rabbinical Pensions. In 1942 Hebrew Union College awarded Zepin the honorary degree of doctor of divinity.
In 1914 Zepin married Laura Lehman. Laura Zepin died in 1955. George Zepin died in 1963.
The George Zepin papers outline Zepin's career as a Reform rabbi and secretary of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
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Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the George Zepin Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-50. George Zepin Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The George Zepin papers were received by the American Jewish Archives from the George Zepin estate, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1964.
Processed by M. Carolyn Dellenbach, January, 1979.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Zepin, George -- 1878-1963
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Genres and Forms
Jewish sermons, American
Rabbis -- Ohio -- Cincinnati