Born in Boston in 1904 or 1905, Morris and Etta (Levin) Morrison’s oldest son was consistently involved in Jewish and Zionist organizations from very early in his life. He was a member of the primarily Jewish Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammy) fraternity as a student at Harvard.
Both Robert and his brother Ralph are listed as members of the Harvard chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu in this 1954 program from their 40th anniversary celebration.
From at least 1927, he was connected to such groups as the Federated Jewish Charities, Young People’s League of the United Synagogue of America, Zionist Organization of America, Jewish Big Brother of Boston, Temple Ohabei Shalom of Brookline, Massachusetts, Yeshivat Torat Israel and Temple Israel of Boston. He continued to work with such associations for most of his life.
This letter from the Young People’s League of the United Synagogue of America congratulates Robert on his election as Second Vice President in December 1927.
In 1928 Robert was elected as Secretary for the Boston Zionist District on behalf of the Zionist Organization of America.
Cantor I.G. Glickstein sent Morrison a letter to confirm that he would officiate his marriage on April 15, 1932.
Robert Morrison spoke at the dedication of a wing at Temple Israel of Boston in honor of Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman, a member of the Boston Jewish community famous across the country.
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