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LILIENTHAL, Max, clergyman, born in Munich, Bavaria. in 1815; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 5 April, 1882. After studying for the Jewish ministry and being graduated at the university of that city, he was called in 1839 to Riga, Russia, as director of its Hebrew school, and, after several years' successful educational work, he came to New York in 1845, being chosen rabbi of three congregations. In 1855 he was called to the rabbinate of a Cincinnati congregation, and remained at its head until his death. Dr. Lilienthal was widely known in the west, and in Cincinnati filled posts of distinction on the board of education and at the university, while his best efforts were always enlisted in the cause of charity. He took an active part in the task of uniting the American-Jewish congregations, and established the "Sabbath School Visitor" and the "Rabbinical Quarterly Review." He was a speaker of power, and belonged to the progressive school of Jewish thought.
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