In 1892 Emil Hirsch became professor of rabbinical literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago. From 1885 to 1897 he also served on the Chicago Public Library board.
Emil Hirsch was an influential exponent of advanced thought and Reform Judaism. He edited Der Zeitgeist (Milwaukee) (1880–82) and the Reform Advocate (1891–1923). He also edited the Department of the Bible of the Jewish Encyclopedia.
Emil Hirsch is the namesake of the Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School of Communications (Hirsch Metro), located in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago.
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