Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains a model of the intersection between religion and progressive politics.
“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.” From his words spoken in 1965 to this day, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains a model of the intersection between religion and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century America.
Join author Julian E. Zelizer and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove to explore Heschel’s early years and foundational influences; the fortuitous opportunity that brought him to the United States to study at Hebrew Union College and teach at the Jewish Theological Seminary; and his lasting legacy that has endured as a symbol of the fight to make progressive Jewish values relevant in the secular world.
This event is presented in partnership with Jewish Lives and Park Avenue Synagogue. The event is hosted online and in person at Park Avenue. A link to the live event will be sent by Park Avenue Synagogue upon registration.
Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, and has written for CNN.com, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove is Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. He was ordained in 1999 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and subsequently earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. An officer of the New York Board of Rabbis, he serves on the boards of the American Jewish Distribution Committee, the Hillels of University of Michigan and Pennsylvania and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of eleven volumes of sermons and the editor of Jewish Theology in Our Time.