Jewish Americans

Honoree:  Rabbi Albert Gordon

Honoree Category:  Jewish Americans

Bio – Rabbi Albert Gordon

Tikkun Olam, “Repairing the World”, is a central tenant of Judaism and refers to promoting justice and social action.

Rabbi Albert Gordon embodied this principle as an early pioneer and first chairperson of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission. Rabbi Gordon was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1941. During WWII he volunteered as an Army Chaplain serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. From 1946 until 1985 Albert Gordon served as the rabbi of Mt. Sinai Temple in Sioux City. Rabbi Gordon was active in many community organizations serving as President of the NAACP, Sioux City Ministerial Association, Travelers Aid Society, and Council of Community Services. In 1964 Rabbi Gordon was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to serve on the National Commission on Human Rights. In 1966 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College and was on the faculty of Morningside College for almost 30 years teaching courses in Judaism and the Holocaust.

“Our religious tradition tells us that every human being is created in God’s image”, Gordon said, “Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Watch for a more detailed biography coming soon.

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