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German-born Chief Rabbi of the British Empire from 1891 to his death; the son (and successor as Chief Rabbi) of Nathan Marcus Adler.
Adler was head of the congregation of Bayswater Synagogue, Paddington, during his father's lifetime, and his father's assistant from the time his father's health began to deteriorate in 1879, before succeeding him on his death in 1891.
Adler’s 20 years as Chief Rabbi witnessed the greatest changes ever known in Anglo-Jewry - due to mass immigration, the number of Jews rose from 65,000 in 1880 to 300,000 in 1914. Many new congregations and institutions had arisen.
Adler’s energy and wisdom were critical in steering this transition.His wit was demonstrated at a famous lunch with British Catholic cardinal Herbert Vaughan. The cardinal asked the rabbi "Now, Dr. Adler, when may I have the pleasure of helping you to some ham?" The rabbi responded: "At Your Eminence's wedding".
This is a fine signature, as Chief Rabbi, in bold black ink on a 4.5" x 3.5" card. In very good condition.