Dr. Gottschalk Memorial Eulogy by Dr. Steven Windmueller
We share this hour to memorialize Alfred Gottschalk, a parent, our teacher and a colleague as well as an institutional leader and builder. His life served as a mirror into the second half of the 20th century, as his career models the success and impact of a generation of new immigrants to this land. It reflected the high levels of achievement that this extraordinary generation of men and women would attain in their service to this nation and in their commitment to Jewish life.
We welcome today especially his children, Marc and Rachel and offer to them our sincerest condolences. This morning, we are joined by many alumni, Governors and Overseers of the College-Institute, and community members. In addition, participating with us at this memorial are our USC colleagues, and in particular its distinguished President and past Board Chair, members of our HUC community, including many of our faculty and students. I wish to acknowledge the presence as well of Cantor William Sharlin whose creative and moving music set the stage for Dr. Gottschalk’s inauguration as HUC-JIR’s 6th President.
This morning, we will seek to capture the breadth and depth of Dr. Gottschalk’s varied and distinguished contributions, and more directly his words and writings; his commitment to this nation, his focus on Jewish memory and conscience, his active engagement on behalf of the USC-HUC partnership, and his personal intellectual pursuits around Jewish and Zionist thought. These themes and others will serve to embrace his memory and the meaning of his life.
We invite those who wish to stay following this one hour memorial to share their reflections, personal stories and insights about Dr. Gottschalk.
Once again, thank you for joining us this morning.
Steven Windmueller, Dean
Los Angeles Campus
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement’s congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR’s campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.