1852-1908
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November 13, 1852, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

April 27, 1908, San Francisco, California.

Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma, California.

Voorsanger reportedly attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of Amsterdam (some sources dispute this), and earned a DD degree at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. After emigrating to America, he served the Bene Israel Congregation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1873-76); Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC (1876-77); and Sons of Israel and David, Providence, Rhode Island (1877-78); and Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, Texas (1878-86); then became assistant, and later chief, rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, California (1886-1908). He became professor of Semitic languages and literature at the University of California (1894), and was a chaplain and special lecturer at Stanford University. He was editor of The Jewish South, Houston, Texas (1881-83), and the Sabbath Visitor, Cincinnati, Ohio (1883-86). His works include:

  1. Happy Is the Man