This Day in Jewish History A Maverick Social Activist Is Born

Felix Adler had a lasting influence on American society by introducing a wide range of social reforms, which he saw as the true calling of religion.

August 13, 1851, was the birthdate of Felix Adler, the German-born ethicist and political activist who was groomed to follow in the steps of his Reform rabbi and scholar father, and instead turned left and founded a secular philosophy he called Ethical Culture.