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92_HR0870 LRB9216698RHrhB 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives wishes to congratulate Rabbi Herman E. 4 Schaalman on receiving the prestigious Order of Lincoln Award 5 from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for his lifelong 6 devotion and dedication to the betterment of mankind and for 7 his leadership and humanitarian efforts for the residents of 8 Illinois; and 9 WHEREAS, The Lincoln Award honors those individuals whose 10 contributions to the betterment of mankind have been 11 accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or 12 whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of 13 their identity with it, or by their dedication to those 14 principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the 15 great Abraham Lincoln; and 16 WHEREAS, Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman was born in 1916 in 17 Munich, Germany; he is married to Lotta, and the father of 18 Susan Youdovin and Michael Schaalman, the grandfather of 19 five, and great-grandfather of one; he was ordained in 1941 20 as Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of 21 Religion in Cincinnati; and 22 WHEREAS, Rabbi Schaalman's first pulpit was in Cedar 23 Rapids, Iowa, where he served from 1941-1949; while there he 24 taught at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon as an adjunct 25 professor and at Coe College in Cedar Rapids; he also created 26 a radio program with the editor of the newspaper and the 27 President of Coe College; and 28 WHEREAS, Having served on a temporary basis as director 29 of the Midwest Federation of the Union of American Hebrew 30 Congregations (UAHC) while in Cedar Rapids, he was asked by 31 then President of the UAHC, Maurice N. Eisendrath, to become 32 the regional Director of the Union in Chicago and the Midwest -2- LRB9216698RHrhB 1 area; he assumed that position in 1949; and 2 WHEREAS, Soon after his arrival in Chicago, Rabbi 3 Schaalman was able to pursue a vision of creating a camp for 4 the young people of the Reform Movement; he served as its 5 director in 1950-1951 and continues to serve on the Board of 6 Governors of the Union Institute and on the National Camp 7 Committee of the Union; this eventuated in the acquisition of 8 what is now known as the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute at 9 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a retreat and camp ground for young 10 people and adults during the entire year; and 11 WHEREAS, With his knowledge and expertise, Rabbi 12 Schaalman was instrumental in establishing like sites 13 throughout the entire community; and 14 WHEREAS, Herman Schaalman was elected Senior Rabbi of 15 Emanuel Congregation in 1955, succeeding the renowned Rabbi 16 Felix Levy and served in this position until 1986 when he 17 became Rabbi Emeritus, a position he holds to this day; and 18 WHEREAS, In Chicago, the Rabbi continued his academic 19 pursuits, sponsored in part by the Jewish Chautauqua Society, 20 at such places as Barat College, DePaul University, the 21 Divine Word Seminary, and North Park Seminary; he has been 22 and is an adjunct professor at Garret Evangelical Theological 23 Seminary at Northwestern University since 1957 and at Chicago 24 Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of 25 Chicago since 1986; and 26 WHEREAS, Rabbi Schaalman served three terms on the Board 27 of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan 28 Chicago; he is currently the chair of the Advisory Committee 29 of the American Jewish Committee and a member of the National 30 Jewish Communal Affairs Committee; he is a past president and 31 current board member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the 32 Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis, the Central Conference -3- LRB9216698RHrhB 1 of American Rabbis, the Council of Religious Leaders of 2 Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, 3 and the Edgewater Association of Clergy and Rabbis; and 4 WHEREAS, Rabbi Schaalman is a member of the Human 5 Relations Commission of the city of Chicago, the Education 6 Committee of the National Holocaust Manorial in Washington, 7 D.C., and the Board of the Millennium Institute; he served on 8 the Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish 9 Institute of Religion and was Vice-President of the World 10 Union for Progressive Judaism and the Association of Reform 11 Zionists of America; he also served as the first chairman of 12 the broadcasting commission of the Chicago Board of Rabbis 13 and hosted some of its television programs; and 14 WHEREAS, Rabbi Schaalman served as Chairman of the Ethics 15 Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the 16 Committee on Mixed Marriage of the CCAR, and the Committee on 17 Patrilineal Descent of the CCAR; and 18 WHEREAS, In 1969 Rabbi Schaalman received an honorary 19 degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union 20 College-Jewish Institute of Religion; in 1995 the late 21 Cardinal Bernadin conferred upon him the Degree of Laureate 22 in Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Chicago and received an 23 Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Catholic Theological Union 24 of Chicago in 2000; in addition, the President of Germany 25 conferred upon him in 1991 the Order of Merit, First Class; 26 and 27 WHEREAS, Rabbi Schaalman was an honoree of the Hebrew 28 University of Jerusalem and of the Israel Cancer Research 29 Association; he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the 30 Jewish Community Centers and was named as Outstanding Foreign 31 Born Citizen of Chicago by the Immigrant Service League; in 32 addition, the Rabbi is a member of the Executive Committee of -4- LRB9216698RHrhB 1 the Council of the Parliament of Word Religions; in January 2 of 1999, the City of Chicago named the block of Sheridan Road 3 in front of Emmanuel Congregation in honor of Rabbi and Mrs. 4 Schaalman; and 5 WHEREAS, The late Cardinal Bernadin had designated the 6 Rabbi to conduct a Memorial for him in the Cathedral on the 7 second day of his lying in state, a historically 8 unprecedented happening; the Rabbi is also a member of the 9 Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue; and 10 WHEREAS, Rabbi Herman Schaalman has shown human dignity 11 and kindness to all that he has come in contact with, and 12 enriched the lives of many through his divine leadership and 13 human compassion; therefore, be it 14 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 15 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 16 we congratulate Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman on receiving the 17 prestigious Order of Lincoln Award from the Lincoln Academy 18 of Illinois for his lifelong devotion and dedication to the 19 betterment of mankind; and be it further 20 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 21 presented to Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman as an expression of 22 our esteem.
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