Adler, Nathan Marcus
ADLER, NATHAN MARCUS: English chief rabbi; b. at Hanover, Germany,
Jan. 15, 1803; d. at Brighton (50½ m. s. of London), Sussex, England, Jan. 21,
1890. He was educated at the universities of Göttingen, Erlangen (Ph.D., 1826),
Würzburg, and Heidelberg, and in 1830 was appointed chief rabbi of Oldenburg.
Before a year had passed he was made chief rabbi of the kingdom of Hanover,
and in 1845 he was installed in the far more important post of chief rabbi of
the British Empire. In 1845 he received the assistance of a deputy delegate
chief rabbi, but retained his own position until his death. Active both in philanthropic
and educational measures, he was the founder of Jews’ College, London, in 1855,
besides being the real originator of the Hospital Sabbath among his coreligionists.
He was the author of many works in English, German, and Hebrew, including
Die Liebe zum Vaterlande (Hanover, 1838); The Jewish Faith (London,
1867); and Nethinah la-Ger (commentary on the Targum of Onkelos, Wilna,