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1914 HIS LECTURES are not taken from books but from an eventful life. LECTURE SUBJECTS Sixteen Years in the Land of the Czar The Russian Revolution The Cry of a Nation Our Social Problem His message is deep enough for the old and proves fascinating for the young. Figure ISAAC RUBINSTEIN Who Suffered in the Russian Revolution Isaac Rubinstein. Who Is He? It is a rare opportnity for anyone to be able to lend publicity to the worth and character of a man whose personality and message ring true to the highest ideals of human life. Mr. Isaac Rubinstein, lecturer, preacher, and student, is such a character. Unique in his address, absolutely sincere in his attitude, and entirely sympathetic in his appeal, he is able to elicit the deepest interest and closest attention of his audience. He possesses a subdued and quiet eloquence which, fused with the memories of a stormy period of hardship in his native land, holds his audience as if by magic. Mr. Rubinstein was born at Lodz in Poland, Russia, an industrial city of over 300,000 inhabitants, out of which issued the first stormy beginnings of the Russian revolution. Though born to dignity, and consecrated to become an honored Rabbi, he followed the impulse within him to lend his sympathy and assistance to the downtrodden people of his native city and his race. To do this, he had to substitute a stormy youth of struggle and hardship for the care-free youth which his parents had planned for him. A voluntary refugee from the stirring scenes of his native city, without money and without experience in manual labor, he turned his back upon the city, his family, and his friends, but not without hope and a great purpose. Driven about by all kinds of necessity, he passed his first year of exile in Austria, an eventful and significant year; for though often weary with the burdens of a lonesome world, he was here to catch the glimpse of Christian philosophy and to start life on a new train of thought. These events prepared the way for the following year of study and travel in Germany, where he was to get the opportunity, in the fall of 1908, to come to America. The story of his relation to the revolution, of his two years in Europe and his years in the United States, charms anyone who believes in courage, heroism, and purpose, and who appreciates the philosophy of human struggle. No one, however dull, remains unstirred under the spell of his story. During the summer of 1914 Mr. Rubinstein addressed over forty thousand people from the Chautauqua platform. He lectured in over fifty towns in Iowa and in forty towns in Wisconsin. He was heard in several other states in the Union. R. M. STEWART, Dept. of Education, S. U. I. Comments Dubuque German College and Seminary REV. W. O. RUSTON, D. D., LL. D. DEAN OF THE FACULTY 550 DELHI ST. Mr. Rubinstein, one of our former students, is an earnest scholar of brilliant oratorical gifts. He has, in a remarkable degree, the power of putting things which has made him a welcome speaker on all occasions. His study of Russian questions is not alone through the medium of books, but as well through living contact. He will bring to any audience just and vivid pictures of the struggles for better things in the great Slavic empire. W. O. RUSTON. To Whom it May Concern: By his earnestness of purpose and intense desire to minister to others in the Truth of life which he has professed and found precious, Isaac Rubinstein has made himself a very high place in our esteem and regard. He has suffered for his convictions, he has known exile and suffering because of his faithfulness to his conscience and duty as a man. Because of these things, he has a message for us today and he delivers his message with all the zeal and romance of a great enthusiasm and of the traditions of the greatest and most interesting ancestry the world has known. Every one who has heard him is aided in making a firmer resolution to serve, is given a clearer vision of what ought to be done, and is helped in realizing more keenly than ever before what Brotherhood means. Mr. Rubinstein is a pleasing speaker, presenting in an eloquent way his plea for the great cause of humanity. DWIGHT WITHERSPOON WYLIE, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, Iowa. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DES MOINES, IOWA HOWLAND HANSON MINISTER To Whomsoever Presented: It is a pleasure for me to write a few words of testimonial in behalf of Mr. Isaac Rubinstein as a lecturer. I had the good fortune to hear his lecture on Sixteen Years in the Land of the Czar, and was very favorably impressed with the information, clear thought, forceful presentation, and beautiful spirit of the address. In later conversation with Mr. Rubinstein I was intensely interested in the mature mind and wide scope of thought manifested by so young a man. I earnestly commend him and his lectures. Very sincerely, HOWLAND HANSON. Born in the land of the Czar, growing to young manhood amidst the political and social unrest of that great country, Mr. Isaac Rubinstein is prepared more thoroughly than any man I have heard, upon the public platform, to instruct in the life of the Russian people. He is eloquent, forceful, and always interesting as a speaker; a man of high character and with a noble purpose, he has a message for every one whose interest is not limited by the boundaries of his own state. When you meet Mr. Rubinstein, you think of him as a boy; when you hear him speak, you wonder that in less than a quarter of a century, there can be crowded in the experience of a single individual, so much that is tragic and appealing. Then you realize that he is a man with a man's message for his fellows. Signed, FOREST C. ENSIGN, Dean of Men, State University of Iowa. Upon several occasions Mr. Isaac Rubinstein has spoken in our community and his hearers highly appreciated his messages. He has had a rich experience in life, and relates it in a clear and forceful manner. If you hear him once you will want to hear him again. (Rev.) PAUL H. HEISEY, Pastor St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church. What the Papers Say Lancaster Teller, Wis.: Mr. Isaac Rubinstein had a most encouraging audience at the M. E. church Friday evening, when he told the story of Russia. The people were interested and were given an understanding of the terrors of government in Russia, that were nearly blank to them before. Mr. Rubinstein is a man of clean thought, of extreme conscientiousness, and expresses himself fluently. The Tribune, Mineral Point, Wis.: Isaac Rubinstein talked interestingly and instructively in telling of his trials and persecutions for championing the cause of the toiling, starving millions. The Alden Times, Alden, Iowa: Among the lectures that especially appealed to the audiences were the personal experiences of Isaac Rubinstein, an exiled Russian Jew. The Silver Lake Leader, Silver Lake, Minn.: Rubinstein affects no dramatic talk or action, but speaks in a commonplace manner that holds the attention of his audience. The Creston Advertiser-Gazette, Creston, Iowa: Isaac Rubinstein, the Russian exile, tells a very interesting story in a very interesting way. The Watertown Daily News, Watertown, Wis.: There is something human about this tale of Sixteen Years in the Land of the Czar. With it Mr. Rubinstein has held his audiences spellbound, with no apparent attempts at oratory. The Ellsworth Record, Ellsworth, Minn.: Mr. Rubinstein is only twenty-four years of age, but he is a forceful speaker and his lecture, Sixteen Years in the Land of the Czar, is a vivid story of the unspeakable conditions existing in Russia. The Mentfort Mail, Mentfort, Wis.: The lecture by Isaac Rubinstein proved very interesting, and his youthfulness, his imprisonments, thrilling adventures and escapes, were told in a quaint and impressive manner. Marengo Republican, Marengo, Iowa: Mr. Rubinstein held the breathless attention of his large audience, while he gave the thrilling story of his life and brought new ideas to the minds of his listeners in regard to immigrants who come to the Land of the Free. The Fulda Free Press, Fulda, Minn.: Mr. Rubinstein is a man young in years but rich in experience. His lecture has a personal touch and is intensely interesting from start to finish. The Baraboo Daily Republic, Baraboo, Wis.: Mr. Rubinstein makes his audience listen and not only that, they think over what he says. Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, Iowa: Mr. Isaac Rubinstein more than pleased the large Red Oak audience with his lecture Sixteen Years in the Land of the Czar. His pleasing personality and manner of speaking was fascinating throughout. His lecture containing details of his experience in Europe and his description of conditions in Russia, will be long remembered by those who heard him. Iowa City Daily Press, Iowa City, Iowa: Isaac Rubinstein gave a very fine address, Sunday evening, at the Presbyterian church. He is a native of Russia Poland, and his first-hand knowledge of the men and customs of the great land abroad makes his eloquent discourse the more valuable and thrilling. He is a gifted member of the College of Liberal Arts, and is earning praise and plaudits throughout the state by virtue of his strong lecture. Mr. Rubinstein's story has a personal touch. No one who hears him can go away without being impressed with his strong message. He speaks not only to the head but to the heart. Hear the man who speaks because he has something to say, and not because he has to say something. His message throbs with life because it is taken from actual experiences of struggle and hardship.
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|Personal Name Subject||Rubinstein, Isaac|
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