Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, the internationally recognized father of Modern Jewish theology, was honored on the occasion of his 85th birthday at the Goldner-Panken Symposium, February 17, 2009 at HUC-JIR/NY.
The symposium explored the impact of Dr. Borowitz's religious thought on American Jewry. Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR introduced guest scholars who each addressed Dr. Borowitz’s thought and posed a question to their mentor.
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, faculty member and Director of the Center for Leadership Education of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and adjunct faculty member at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem; Simon Cooper, Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and editorial assistant at the Journal of Jewish Studies; and Rabbi Jonathan Crane, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and the Rabbinic Advisor to Reform Students on Campus for the Hillel of Greater Toronto, all addressed Dr. Borowitz, who responded to their questions.
Following the symposium, Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/NY, and the New York community joined Dr. Borowitz for a celebratory lunch.