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Borowitz, Eugene B.


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    • found: His A layman's introduction ... 1965.
    • found: His Pondering God, c1983:CIP t.p. (Eugene Borowitz)
    • found: His Renewing the covenant, 1991:CIP t.p. (Eugene B. Borowitz) data sheet (b. 2-20-24)
    • found: NUCMC data from Amer. Jewish Archives for His Interview, 2004 Feb. 24(Eugene B. Borowitz, 1924-; rabbi; served at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
    • found: NUCMC data from Amer. Jewish Archives for His Papers, 1945-1999(Eugene B. Borowitz is one of the foremost Jewish thinkers of our time. Born in 1924, he grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended Ohio State Univ. After graduation, he went to Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1948 and received a D.H.L. in 1950. He became the founding rabbi of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, N.Y., while at the same time pursuing a Ph.D. in religion from the joint program sponsored by Columbia Univ. and Union Theological Seminary. In 1957, he was appointed as director of the Religious Education Department of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Because of this, he switched to Columbia's doctoral program in education and received the Ed.D. in 1958. Since 1962, he has been a faculty member at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Jewish Education and Religious Thought. Borowitz is best known for his development of "covenant theology," a term he first introduced in a 1961 article in "Commentary". His work has concerned itself with the dilemma of the postmodern Jew: committed to individual autonomy, but nevertheless involved with God, Torah, and Israel. His interest in redefining covenant has led him to significant work in normative ethics, some of which was collected in his book Exploring Jewish Ethics, and his teaching on the subject led to the volume, Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah. Borowitz's work in covenant theology found its mature expression in his 1991 book, Renewing the Covenant. One of Borowitz's most significant accomplishments was his founding of "Sh'ma, a Journal of Jewish Responsibility" in 1970. He was its publisher and editor for twenty-three years, and he served as Senior Editor from 1993 to 1997. "Sh'ma" provided a forum where voices from all segments of the Jewish community could be heard on a wide range of controversial topics. Borowitz wrote numerous short book reviews for "Sh'ma")
    • found: Info converted from 678, June 9, 2015(Rabbi; doctor of education, Columbia)
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Feb. 1, 2016(in obituary published Jan. 30: Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz; Eugene Borowitz; b. Feb. 20, 1924, Columbus, Ohio; d. Jan. 22, Stamford, Conn., aged 91; leading theologian of Reform Judaism who argued that the modern emphasis on reason and self-imposed ethics needed the undergirding of what he called a covenantal relationship with God)
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