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Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900) was the leading organizational genius behind the rise of American Reform Judaism in the late 19th century. He played a central role in the founding of three major Reform Jewish institutions that still exist today:…

Built in 1871, it was modeled on Boston’s Shurtleff Grammar School by Albany architects, Edward Ogden and Frank P. Wright. It was the city’s first modern, scientifically planned school building (McEneny 2008). The first school in Albany based on…


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