Time magazine celebrates ecumenical "love in Corpus Christi"
In its issue dated on this day in 1936, Time magazine featured an account of an ecumenical service held in Corpus Christi. Rabbi Sidney Wolf had joined Rev. William Caper Munds of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, to start a joint Thanksgiving service. At the time, such ecumenical events were newsworthy. Time labeled its photo of the two clergymen "Love in Corpus Christi." Wolf, musician and rabbi, had assumed the pulpit of the first Jewish congregation in Corpus Christi, Temple Beth El, in 1932. He held the post for forty years. He served in many other voluntary charitable offices and was a recognized authority on synagogue music. He helped organize the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and in 1945 served as the first chairman of its board. He also chaired the city chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He spent countless hours giving musical performances in nursing homes. After his retirement in 1972 he taught music appreciation at Del Mar Junior College and the University of Corpus Christi. In 1940 Wolf was elected president of the Texas Kallah of Rabbis, and in 1959 he received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union. He was a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was presented its Brotherhood and Humanitarian Award in 1974. The mayor of Corpus Christi, Luther Jones, proclaimed November 10, 1982, "Rabbi Sidney Wolf Day." Wolf died on February 18, 1983.