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Stone, Earl Stanley, Rabbi, 1914-1992

 Person

1st Jewish Chaplain in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. From his obituary:"Born July 2, 1914, in Childs, Pa., Rabbi Stone graduated from Syracuse University in 1934 and was ordained a rabbi at the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1939.

He served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Isaiah Israel in Chicago until he joined the Army in 1941.

Rabbi Stone was one of the first Jewish chaplains to enter the European theater during World War II. He served on the front lines during the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and southern France. He later became a staff member of the Army Chaplain School and was a major in the Army Reserve. He was decorated with the Presidential Unit Citation, six battle stars, three bronze arrows and the Bronze Star. He married Judith Wilensky on June 4, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla. Rabbi Stone returned from the war to serve as associate rabbi at the temple in Cleveland in 1948 with well-known Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver. He became rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel in Denver in 1956. "He came at a time when there were a number of problems and he kept the congregation together," said Rabbi Foster. Rabbi Stone also was active with interfaith organizations and activities, and was the first rabbi ever asked to preach at the then-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. "He was appreciated throughout the religious community," said the Rev. Earl Hanna, Rose Medical Center chaplain. "He was very open, very kindly in his relationships with people of other faiths." Friends remembered him for his compassion and humor. 'You could tell him a good joke - he appreciated a good joke and he could tell a good joke," Rabbi Foster said. He was also invaluable as a confidant. "There was never a time, if I was in a quandary, when I couldn't go to him for advice," Rabbi Foster said. "He understood the rabbinate, he understood the congregation and he understood the pitfalls that we faced." Others remembered him also for his community activities. "He was a magnificent person," said attorney Nathan L. Baum, a longtime friend. "Denver has lost a wonderful citizen. He had great love for not only the congregation but for the entire community." Rabbi Stone served in a number of organizations, including the Denver Council of Boy Scouts of America, the boards of Colorado Mental Health Association, Planned Parenthood, National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Denver Rabbinical Council of what is now Rose Medical Center. He was active with the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Family and Children's Service, Central Conference of American Rabbis and lectured for the Jewish Chautauqua Society. One of his proudest achievements was being named president of the Rotary Club of Denver in 1972, becoming the first Jew to serve in that position, according to Rabbi Foster. "

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Burning the Mortgage at Temple Emanuel, between 1940-1960

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Identifier: B063.06.0022.00122
Overview Eight men stand in a row around a metal basin. Rabbi Earl Stone stands fourth from the right. The man third from the right holds the Temple Emanuel mortgage over the basin.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Burning the Mortgage at Temple Emanuel, between 1940-1960

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Identifier: B063.06.0022.00123
Overview Eight men stand in a row around a metal basin. Rabbi Earl Stone stands fourth from the right. The man third from the right holds the Temple Emanuel mortgage over the basin. The men on the far left hold matches.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Burning the Mortgage at Temple Emanuel, between 1940-1960

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Identifier: B063.06.0022.00124
Overview Eight men stand in a row around a metal basin. Rabbi Earl Stone stands fourth from the right. The man third from the right holds the Temple Emanuel mortgage over the basin while the man on the far right holds a match to the mortgage.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Burning the Mortgage at Temple Emanuel, between 1940-1960

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Identifier: B063.06.0022.00125
Overview Eight men stand in a row around a metal basin. Rabbi Earl Stone stands fourth from the right clapping. The man third from the right holds the Temple Emanuel mortgage over the basin while the man third from the left holds a match to the mortgage.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Chaplain Earl Stone, 1944

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Identifier: B063.05.0053.00082
Overview Yom Kippur in Vesoul, France. Left to right are a Jewish survivor, Joe Burns, and Chaplain Earl Stone performing the Yom Kippur rituals.
Dates: 1944

Oral History Interview with Rabbi Earl Stone, 1991

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Identifier: B098.01.0006.00147
Overview Topics Covered: Joining the Army, served as the first Jewish Chaplain to enter the European Theater in WWII, organizing a wedding in a few days when unexpected orders to deploy were received, experiences as a chaplain in the army during WWII.
Dates: 1991

Rabbi and Mrs. Earl Stone, between 1940-1945

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Identifier: B063.05.0053.00084
Overview Rabbi and Mrs. Earl Stone on their wedding day sit before two rabbis.
Dates: between 1940-1945

Rabbi and Mrs. Earl Stone, between 1940-1945

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Identifier: B063.05.0053.00085
Overview Rabbi and Mrs. Earl Stone on what appears to be their wedding day stand arm in arm in front of building.
Dates: between 1940-1945

Rabbi Earl Stone , 1981-1991

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Identifier: B111.09.0009.0015
Overview Rabbi Earl Stone was born in 1914 in Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University and was ordained before moving to Chicago to serve as the assistant rabbi at Temple Isaiah Israel. He served with General Patton's staff in World War II and was decorated with the Presidential Unit Citation, six battle stars, three bronze arrows, and the bronze star. He married Judith Wilensky in 1942 and following the war moved to Jacksonville and then Denver in his capacity as rabbi or assistant rabbi. He...
Dates: 1981-1991

Rabbi Earl Stone, between 1960-1980

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Identifier: B063.06.0014.00042
Overview Formal portrait of Rabbi Earl Stone.
Dates: between 1960-1980