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Dr. Isacque Graeber

Dr. Isacque (Isaac) Graeber was a Sociologist, Jewish historian and author. He authored several books and numerous papers ranging in subject matters from Jewish-Gentile relations to Jewish Education. He was an alumnus of the Sorbonne, and studied as well in Columbia University and Pennsylvania University. During his long career he served as director of the College of Jewish Studies in Kansas City, and Director of Education to the Jewish community of Akron, Ohio. He was a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation served as professor of Jewish studies at Columbia University and was a professor of sociology at Yeshiva University. He was also on the staff of the Jewish Education Committee of New York.



He was born August 29, 1904 in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire. After his parents and younger sibling emigrated to the United States, he traveled to Paris, France to study in the Sorbonne. It is possible that while there he studied sociology, which would become his future field of study. He earned a PhD, however the title or topic of his dissertation is unknown. He emigrated in the late 20's and upon his arrival he began contributing articles to various journals, and by 1935 was working on his book titled, "Jews in a Gentile World".


He contributed to journals like Judaism, Jewish Life, The Jewish Forum and Jewish Education. As well as to non-Jewish journals like Social Research and Panorama.

He wrote on many topics, however most of his focus was on Jewish topics. Tiltes of his articles include: "The Financial Role of Jews in America", The Future, June 1945. "An Examination of Theories of Race Prejudice", Social Research. "The Alliance Israelite Universelle - A Historical Evaluation", Jewish Life, October 1961.

In 1946 he published a pamphlet titled "The Truth About Anti-Semitism" which was a call for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

He also authored a textbook titled "The History of Zionism" which was prepared for the use by "Zionist study circles". It was published by the Zionist Organization of America.

Jews In A Gentile World

In 1942 he edited and published, Jews in a Gentile World. It is a collection of essays by eighteen widely-published experts in sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and philosophy who contributed objective examinations of the problems of anti-Semitism. The authors utilized social science findings to analyze practical issues that face both Jew and non-Jew. The book also included his own essay.

Contributors included Carleton S. Coon Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Talcott Parsons Harvard University and Everett V. Stonequist, Skidmore College.


His granddaughter, Pam Graeber, is a popular Hamptons Socialite. In 2007 Pam was charged with backing up her Land Rover into a crowd of people outside an LA night club. She served several months in jail, and is currently in her 4 years of probation.

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