A ‘Force’ In The Conservative Movement: Remembering Morton Siegel, a ‘master teacher’ and innovator

A ‘Force’ In The Conservative Movement: Remembering Morton Siegel, a ‘master teacher’ and innovator

Posted on November 18, 2019

By Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein, The New York Jewish Week

Morton K. Siegel, who died Oct. 25 in St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in Smithtown, L.I., was a master teacher. Teenagers in the 1950s who attended United Synagogue Youth (USY) conventions had the unique privilege of sitting in a hotel ballroom with 1,300 other participants listening to Morton inspire them with his words of Torah. He taught without “talking down” to the USY members, who sat without a whisper. Rather, Morton Siegel had the unique skill of teaching by challenging his students to stretch their minds and reach to his level.

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