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Rabbi Max Lipschitz Sermons

Identifier: MSS 0463

Scope and Content

The Rabbi Max Lipschitz Sermons contain edited drafts and notes related to sermons given by the Rabbi, particularly related to High Holy Days. Some of the sermons are only partially complete and missing pages. A portion of them are missing the title page or are untitled and undated and are listed as such in the finding aid. The sermons are arranged chronologically where the date is available, and alphabetically where it is unknown.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1986



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Max Lipschitz was born in Lodz, Poland in 1924. He grew up in pre-state Israel and in Detroit before attending Yeshiva University in Chicago, Illinois. He was ordained at Yeshiva University, earning a master’s degree in English literature at Columbia University and a doctorate in Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin while serving his first pulpit in Madison, Wisconsin for twelve years where he founded Beth Israel Congregation in Madison.

In 1959 he accepted an appointment as Rabbi of the Jewish Center of Monticello Park and moved to North Miami Beach. In 1962 he led the community in a major campaign to build what was to become the new home of Beth Torah Congregation. He was well regarded by his congregations for his inspirational sermons. In 1967 he authored the book “The Faith of a Hassid.” He co-founded the Hillel Community Day School, and was president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, served as director of the American Jewish Congress and Israel Bonds local branches.

On his retirement in 1996, the Rabbi Max A. Lipschitz Judaica Museum was established at Beth Torah and Rabbi Max was to be known as the Founding Rabbi thereafter. He died at the age of 87 on March 20, 2011.


“Max Lipschitz Obituary (2011) – Miami, FL – The Miami Herald.”,

Poreh, Cinthya. “The Lipschitz, Stein and Kuttler Families – Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus.” Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, 12 Mar. 2021,


.82 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Edited drafts of sermons written by South Florida Rabbi Max Lipschitz.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Kaplan Stein in 2022.

A Guide to the Rabbi Max Lipschitz Sermons
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
April 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America