Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rabbi Sidney A. Wolf
During tenure at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Wolf became known for his interfaith work and, in the era of Jim Crow segregation, for his support of integration of public facilities, such as the public golf course and at Temple Beth El. Beginning with Pastor Sidney Smith in 1950, the rabbi regularly invited African American pastors and choirs to worship, preach and sing at the temple. With Episcopal Rev. William Munds, he organized the country's earliest interfaith Thanksgiving services; they preached from each other's pulpits on alternate Thanksgivings. In addition
Shortly after their son's birth in 1936, his wife, Sarah Phillips, died. Rabbi Wolf remarried in 1938 to Bertha "Bebe" Rosenthal, also an accomplished musician. A daughter was added to their family in 1940. Before his death in 1983, Rabbi Wolf received numerous local and national honors for his humanitarian work.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17981.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is December 8, 1906.
Location. 27° 43.957′ N, 97° 22.034′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Drive and Airline Road. The marker is located in the west section of the Seaside Memorial Park (Cemetery). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78412, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General W.W. Sterling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Flag Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elihu Harrison RopesClara Driscoll, the Driscoll Foundation & Driscoll Children's Hospital (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Alta Vista Hotel (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi (approx. 2.4 miles away); Karankawa Indians (approx. 2.4 miles away); Sisters of the Incarnate Word (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Also see . . . Wolf, Sidney Abraham.
Rabbi Sidney A. Wolf, founding president of the Corpus Christi Symphony, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 8, 1906. He was the eldest child of immigrant wholesale grocers Israel and Sophie Wolf. A musical prodigy, Wolf began taking piano lessons at age seven. By age thirteen, he was the youngest member of a musical combo performing at fraternity parties and wedding receptions. Soon after, his parents bought him his first pair of trousers, lest his knickers betray his youth. His high marks while he was a high school senior at the Cleveland Jewish Center in 1923 and 1924 won him several books on Jewish law and lore. Gradually, he made up his mind to become(Submitted on October 1, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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