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composer , rabbi

James Gutheim Heller, American composer, rabbi. Member Board of Education, Cincinnati, 1935-1939; member board directors Union of America Hebrew Congregations; member Executive Committee, vice president Zionist Organization of America; member Zionist general council World Zionist Program since 1951; Member Phi Beta Kappa. Reform Jewish religion.

Background

Heller, James Gutheim was born on January 4, 1892 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Son of Max and Ida (Marks) Heller.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, 1912. Master of Arts, University of Cincinnati, 1914. Rabbi, Hebrew Union College, 1916, Doctor of Divinity, 1944.

Museum D., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, 1935. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Jewish Institute Religion, 1948.

Career

Assistant rabbi, Keneseth Israel, Philadelphia, 1916-1919. Chaplain, United States Army, with American Expeditionary Forces, 1918-1919. Rabbi, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1919-1920, Issac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, 1920-1952.

President Labor Zionist Organisation of America 1952-1954. Chairman Community relations, Israel Bonds, 1954-1971, Program annotator, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1926-1943. Lecturer musicology, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, 1935-1952.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: As Yesterday When It Is Past, 1942. Chairman editorial board American Judaism. Composer several pieces including: Three Sketches for Orchestra.

      Little Symphony

    • From Noon to Dusk, 11 songs to poems by Robert Nathan. Rhapsody for Orchestra. Also hymns and anthems for synagogue, songs, chamber music.

Membership

Member Board of Education, Cincinnati, 1935-1939. Member board directors Union of America Hebrew Congregations. Member Executive Committee, vice president Zionist Organization of America.

Member Zionist general council World Zionist Program since 1951. Member Phi Beta Kappa. Reform Jewish religion.

Connections

Married Jean Bettmann, August 15, 1917.; married second, Helen R. Bettman, December 5, 1952. Children: Cecile L., Claire J., Joan H.

father:
Max Heller

mother:
Ida (Marks) Heller

spouses:
Jean Bettmann

Helen R. Bettman

children:
Claire J. Heller

Cecile L. Heller

Joan H. Heller