RABBI MAX WEINE was born on January 1, 1907 in what was then Russian-ruled Poland to Morris and I. Helen Weine. His father came to the United States in 1906 and settled in Detroit, Michigan. Morris Weine sent for his wife and children in 1910. The family, which included five older siblings was living at 588 King Avenue in Detroit in January of 1920, where Morris Weine was in business as a retail junk dealer. The Weine's were still at that address April of 1930.

After being ordained as a rabbi, Max Weine presided over the synagogue at Rutland, Vermont from as early as 1937 through 1942. He accepted a post in Camden, New Jersey where he would serve as the interim Rabbi for Congregation Beth El while their rabbi, Philip Lipis, was on active duty with the United States Navy. Upon the return of Rabbi Lipis, Rabbi Weine accepted the rabbinate of Congregation Beth Israel in East Camden, where he served with great distinction into the 1970s.

After retiring from Beth Israel Rabbi Weine returned to Michigan. In 1975 the Rabbi Max Weine Institute for Judaism, located at Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park, Michigan was founded. The institutes serves to give instruction to prospective converts to Judaism.

Rabbi Weine passed away on November 11, 1985 in Oak Park. He was survived by his wife Mae, who joined him on June 5, 2004, a son and a daughter. Mae Weine was prominent in her own right, as the creator of the Weine Cataloguing Scheme for Jewish Libraries. It is a system used by congregational libraries all over the country.

Rabbi Weine at Congregation Beth El


Acting Rabbi of Beth El - 1943-1946

In March of 1943, Rabbi Max Weine, who had been Rabbi in Rutland. Vermont, began his service as Beth El's interim Rabbi while Rabbi Lipis was a Navy chaplain. The late Friday night services were conducted in the auditorium instead of the main sanctuary in order to conserve oil. Memorial tablet sales were stopped because of the shortage of bronze, but Beth El's basic religious, cultural educational and social programs continued.

The Second Annual United Thanksgiving services were held at Beth El. Chaplain Lipis took part, together with Rabbi Weine and Beth Israel's new Rabbi, Mordecai Poupko.


Dear Max:

While I am undergoing my busy training for the work that confronts me and after I take my station. I should like the folks in Beth El to feel that they are constantly in my thoughts, and that they should, under your able and conscientious leadership, unite in their efforts to continue and expand what we have built together. Tell them that the knowledge that activities and progress are continuing without interruption will not only warm my heart because they will indicate that what we have been doing together is planted firmly in fruitful soil; but it will also aid the war effort by bolstering the morale of one who himself must be a morale·builder of many men.

But this knowledge must be based on fact and achievement. Will you tell my dear friends in Beth El that I want them, that I expect them, that I look to them to rally around your leadership and guidance, in the congregation, the sisterhood, the school, the associate membership, and the related activities of the synagogue. Each one of us has a station these days. Each one of us must do his maximum for the cause of victory and for the higher purposes victory will save and preserve.

With my every good wish for a fruitful, happy ministry at Beth El, and with complete readiness to serve you in whatever manner you may suggest, I am,



In 1945 a message appeared in the Beth El Ball Journal from Rabbi Max Weine who in Rabbi Lipis' absence was serving as Beth El's "acting rabbi." Rabbi Weine wrote of the day when "our boys come home and will have realized the profound truths of religion .... and experience a burning desire to be closer to Jewish life .... We of the Home Front who, are far from the horror of war should prepare and improve Beth El for the homecoming" .

There was also a message from Chaplain Lipis together with a picture of him in Navy uniform. In his message he praised Rabbi Max Weine for his "inspiration and guidance." 

Rabbi Philip Lipis

On June 18th, Morris Liebman was installed for a fourth term as President of Congregation Beth El. Mrs. Max Pincus became Sisterhood President. At the installation, chaired by Commissioner Aaron, both Rabbi Weine and Chaplain Lipis spoke.

On May 13, 1945, the Servicemen's Tablet was dedicated. Rabbi Weine officiated at the dedication. The Honorable E. George Aaron, Director of Public Affairs of Camden was on the program together with Mayor George Brunner. Among those listed on the tablet were two names that followed each other in alphabetical order, Ensign Martin Odlen and Staff Sergeant Joseph Ostrov. Twenty-five years later, they were to follow each other as presidents of Beth El.

Rabbi Max Weine, after serving Beth El since Purim of 1943, left Beth El on Purim of 1946 to become Rabbi of Beth Israel Synagogue in Camden where he continues to serve with great distinction. He became a leading figure in the Jewish community and achieved special note in the ranks of the Conservative Rabbinate for his erudite scholarship, His wife, Mae, was to achieve prominence in her own right for her outstanding expertise in the field of the "Jewish library".


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951


Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518 will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a dinner with the Ladies Auxiliary in the parish hall of the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, River Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, Saturday, at 7 p, m. This will be the 29th anniversary for the auxiliary. 

The Rev. William J. O'Rourke will give the invocation, the Rev. Warren G. Jennings will say grace and Rabbi Max Weine the benediction.

Eleven Gold Star Mothers will be honored guests of Commander Irving J. Stiefel. They are Mrs. Ada Mathews, Mrs. Katherine Corbett, Mrs. Marie Hunt, Mrs. Catherine Cahill, Mrs. Harry Maisch, Mrs. Joseph Selah, Mrs. Walter Haines, Mrs. Charles Reynolds, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. John A. Gorman, and Mrs. Mary Simpson.

Other invited guests are Congressman Wolverton, Mrs. Alice Trimble, department senior vice president, Ladies Auxiliary; Mrs. Florence E. Stark, past national president; Mrs. Mary Norcross, Seventh District president; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern , president of the 5108 auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Ryan; Mrs. John J. Tischner; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Meade, Mrs. Herbert L. Stoolman, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pfrommer, Mrs. George Clymer, Mrs. Fiore Malacrea, Mrs. Warren G. Jennings, Mrs. Max Weine, Albert J. Gifford, past commander, Camden county council; Alvah S. Ward, department chief of staff; County Commander Schuler; Southern area membership chairman, and many others. 

The toastmaster will be Stoolman. Michael Mungioli is banquet chairman, and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, past department president,  co-chairman. They will be assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the 518 auxiliary; Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, decorations; Mrs. Esther Rowan, Edna Weaver and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, recreation, and Orris Smith, program. 

At a meeting of the post at 2712 Hayes Avenue; Stiefel welcomed two new members, Robert C. Barr, who served in the army, and Gordon Kraft, navy, in World War II. Steve Walter reported that Otto Self is ill in the Philadelphia Naval hospital. Joseph Hasher reported Edward Bossett was in Cooper hospital and doing nicely. He is in room 14.

At the entertainment last Saturday night, with "Big Time" Charlie Crane as master of ceremonies, the following sang: Dot Flanigan, "Sweetheart" of 518; Fred Falkerberger; Ann Flanigan, "Singing Waitress"; Lois "Singing Cow Girl," and Mike "Medals" Mungioli..

Beth Israel Graduating Class - circa 1969

From Left to Right- . Seated: Dale Ross, Debbie ??, Monica Davis, Julie ??, Enid Lotstein, Roberta Rose. Row 2: Rabbi Max Weine, Michael ??, Phillip Davis, ??, Steve ??, Billy Gelernt, Michael Danziger, Cantor Mordechai Goldstein . Back: ??, Gershon ??, Joel Brady, Howie ??, Stuart Novack.

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A Tribute to Rabbi Max Weine * April 30, 1972


"It has been said that every man should step to the music of his own drummer. Such a man is Rabbi Weine. He has an abiding love of learning and compassion for all men.

He epitomizes the word "rabbi" in its true meaning - a man whose unassuming, soft-spoken manner belies his firm conviction, his steadfast adherence to the principles which guide his beliefs and action.

In the confusion of our times, Rabbi Weine has set his sights on the path most closely aligned with his own "drumbeat." In a period when integrity and humility are rare qualities, he has become, quite unintentionally a man unique in his time.

Rabbi Weine has kept pace the issues of our time, serving his urban community in the interests of equality and the tranquil coexistence of races and religions based on education and understanding.

While his gentle ways and humble concern for the welfare of others might seem out of step among today's clerical masters of oratory bonvivant personalities and astute businessmen, this man is consummately respected by his peers and well loved by his friends and congregants."

Alice Bellitz

The Crown of a Good Name Exceeds All Others. (Pirke Avot)


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Adleman
Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Adleman
Mr. Stanley Adleman and Guest
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Adleman
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Albert
Reverand Samuel Appel
Mr. and Mrs. James Artz
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Asbell
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Back
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becker
Mrs. Jeanette Bell and Escort
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bellitz
Mrs. Samuel Bellitz
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Berlin
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Berlin
Mrs. Miriam Bitman
Cantor and Mrs. Philip Blackman
Mrs. Sigmund Blass
Dr. and Mrs. Albert Bonier
Mr. and Mrs. William Bryen
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Denbo
Monsignor Joseph W. Devline
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Dolgin
Dr. Jacob Drossner
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drourr
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Drourr
Mr. Bernard Dubin
Dr. and Mrs. I. Eisenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Eisenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Max Gerald Elkins
Mr. A. David Epstein
Mr. Irving Epstein
Mr. and Mrs. Sig Ettinger
Mrs. Bernice Fein
Mrs. Elizabeth Feinstein
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Feinstein
Mr. Leonard Feldman
Mr. Morris Baer Finkelstein
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Fleigleman
Mr. and Mrs. Russel Forman
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fox
Mr. Philip Fox
Rabbi and Mrs. Isaac Furman
Miss Ellen Gartzman
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gartzman
Dr. and Mrs. N. Harry Gartzman
Dr. Joel Geffen
Mr. Irving Gitomer
Cantor Mordecai Goldstein
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Goodwin
Mr. William Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Gottlieb
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gould
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Gratz
Rabbi William Greenburg
Mr. and Mrs. Al Haiken
Rabbi and Mrs. Lester Hering
Mrs. Minna Harris
Rabbi and Mrs. Arthur Haselkorn
Cantor and Mrs. Louis Herman
Mr. Russel Janoff
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Josselson
Rabbi and Mrs. Howard Kahn
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Katman
Mrs. David Kaufman
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Kauffman
Rabbi Harry B. Kellman
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Kirsh
Judge and Mrs. Albert Klein
Mr. James Klein and Guest
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Koche
Mr. and Mrs. Ike Koff
Mr. Kotlikoff
Mr. and Mrs. Max Kramer
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kress
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Krouse
Mr. Louis Kushner
Mrs. Morris Kutner
Mr. Moses Lavinsky
Rabbi and Mrs. Robert Layman
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leonard
Rabbi and Mrs. Albert L. Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Levin
Mr. Sidney Levy
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lieberman
Rabbi Louis Lieberworth
Mr. Leslie Lipschutz
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Mazo
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Mandel
Mr. and Mrs. Max Milask
Mrs. Harold Miller
Mr. Joseph Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Miller
Miss Judith H. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Naden
Mayor and Mrs. Joseph M. Nardi, Jr.
Mr. Irving Natkow
Rabbi and Mrs. Fred Neulander
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Norwitz
Mr. and Mrs. David Novack
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Novack
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Odlen
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Pinsky
Mrs. Yetta Pinsky
Mrs. Mary Plasky
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Plasky
Mr. and Mrs. Y. D. Plotnick
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reichman
Mrs. Dora Rose
Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Rosen
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Roseman
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Liebman
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Roseman
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosner
Mr. and Mrs. David Rosoff
Mr. Larry Rosoff
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ross
Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Ross
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Ross
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Rothbaum
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Rothlander
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rothman
Mrs. Jennie Rothschild
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Savage
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sbar
Miss Malkah Sbar
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Schnapf
Dr. and Mrs. Norman Shaen
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shefsky
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shensa
Dr. Harold Shpeen
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Silverstein
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Singer
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Skoboloff
Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Smith
Mr. and Mrs. I. Snegaroff
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Snyder
Mr. Joel Soffer
Miss Helen Spiegel
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Starker
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Zion Steinberg
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Supnick
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Tannenbaum
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tapper
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Toplan
Mr. Arnold K. Weber
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Weinberg
Dr. Burton Weiser
Miss Mary Weiss
Rabbi and Mrs. Herbert Yarrish
Dr. Paul G. Zackon
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Zinman
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zitomer
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Zonies
Rabbi Harry S. Zwelling

* list incomplete




Dr. Harold Berlin, Chairman Rabbi Max Weine Tribute Dinner
Toastmaster Rabbi Albert J. Lewis, Temple Beth Sholom
Invocation and Hamotzi Rabbi Herbert Yarrish, Temple Emanuel


Birkat Hamazon


Monsignor Joseph W. Devlin, Interfaith Dialogue
Ellen Gartzman, Youth Representative
Rabbi Robert Layman, President, Tri-County Board of Rabbis
Rabbi Albert J. Lewis, Rabbinical Assembly of Philadelphia
Honorable Joseph Nardi, Jr., Mayor of the City of Camden, N. J.
Larry Rosoff, Youth Representative
Dr. Harold Shpeen, President of Jewish Federation of Camden County
Rabbi Harry S. Swelling, New Britain, Connecticut, Rabbi's Classmate
Mr. Arnold K. Weber, Director Camden Economic Development Office

Musical Program

Hazzan Phillip Blackman, Congregation Beth Israel
Hazzan Mordecai Goldstein, Temple Beth Sholom

Dr. Joel S. Geffen, Director of Department Community Education,
Jewish Theological Seminary of America.


Mr. David Rosoff, President of Congregation Beth Israel


Rabbi Max Weine



Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Adleman
Mr. Stanley Adleman
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Aronberg
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Bass
Miss Hene Bercovich
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beilowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bellitz
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Berlin
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Budowsky
Mrs. Naomi Floch
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Frankel
Dr. and Mrs. N. Harry Gartzman
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Goldstein
Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Greenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Harris
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Josselson
Rabbi and Mrs. Louis Kaplan
Mrs. Bertha Kapnick
Judge and Mrs. Albert J. Klein
Mr. and Mrs. Moses Lavinsky
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lear
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lemerman
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leonard
Mr. and Mrs. S. Nathan Lev
Dr. and Mrs. Irvin B. Levin
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Levin
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lutz
Mr. and Mrs. David H. Markowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mickleman
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Molotsky
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Moore
The Naden Family
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Novack
Mrs. Mary Plasky
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Price
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Price
Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodeside
Mr. and Mrs. David Rosoff
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Rothbaum
Dr. and Mrs. Norman Shaen
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Synder
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sobel
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Spector
Mr. Mitchell Stern
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Vilkomerson
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Werner
Mr. Jacob Wiener
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wolinsky
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Zackon
Dr. and Mrs. Martin Zelnick
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Zonies

* List Incomplete



Chairman Dr. Harold Berlin
Co-chairman Mr. Bernard Bellitz
Tribute Chairman
Dr. N. Harry Gartzman Program Chairman
Mrs. Milton Rothbaum Community Laison
Hon. Albert J. Klein Program Book
Mrs. N. Harry Gartzman Mrs. Paul Gould
Arrangements Chairman Dr. Paul Zonies
Invitations Chairman Mrs. Paul Zonies
Publicity Mrs. Bernard Bellitz
Souvenir Book Mrs. Irwin Taylor


Committee Members

Mr. James Artz
Mrs. Henry Becker
Mr. Henry Becker
Dr. Stephen Davis
Mrs. Max Elkins
Mr. Aaron Fleigelman
Mrs. Gerald Gartzman
Mr. Martin Gitomer
Mr. Leon Goldberg
Mr. Paul Gould
Mr. AI Haiken
Mr. Robert Josselson
Mr. David Novack
Mr. Louis Paul
Mrs. Louis Paul
Mr. Sam Reichman
Mr. Leon Roseman
Mrs. Leon Roseman
Mr. Ted Roseman
Mrs. Ted Roseman
Mr. David Rosoff
Mr. Manuel Ross
Mr. Milton Rothbaum
Mr. Louis Shefsky
Dr. Leonard Rosen
Mr. Samuel Weiss
Mrs. Martin Zelnick


Mr. & Mrs. David B. Berschler
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Frankel
Mr. & Mrs. Morton Jacobs
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice J. Lichtman
Judge Norman Heine
Mr. Max Rosenfeld
Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman


Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bloom
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Borman
Mrs. Mildred Gelfand
Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldberg
Dr. & Mrs. Milton Gordon
Mr. & Mrs. William Greenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Milton Herman
Mr. & Mrs. Morton Jacobs
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Kirschner
Mr. & Mrs. William Remer
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Rosner
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Segan
Mr. Joseph Smith
Mr. Mitchell Stern
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Silverstein
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Weine
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Zelnick