2012 Goldziher Award Dinner
Award Dinner by invitation only.
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. has been deeply involved in work that contributes significantly to reverence, understanding and collaboration between Jews and Muslims since 1995. He is a Conservative rabbi, and Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he also directs the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies. In addition, he is the inaugural director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, and the founding rabbi of the egalitarian worship service of the Seminary Synagogue.
Visotzky’s work was recognized by President Obama when he was invited to sit at the President’s table during the White House Iftar dinner during Ramadan last year. He is the author of ten books, including Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud, which came out in Spring 2011. With Bill Moyers, Visotzky developed ten hours of PBS programming, “Genesis: A Living Conversation,” and consulted with Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks for their 1998 film, “Prince of Egypt.”
Two finalists for the Goldziher Prize are Jacob Bender of New York and Aaron Hahn Tapper of San Francisco. Jacob Bender is an independent documentary film director and producer best known for Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours, which has been shown across the globe.
Aaron Hahn Tapper holds the Benjamin Swig Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is founder of Abraham’s Vision, which brings together Jewish, Muslim, Israeli, and Palestinian youth.
Rabbi Visotzky, Cardinal O’Malley, and Goldziher Finalist Jacob Bender will join other Interfaith Heroes and students at a dialogue dinner before the award ceremony. See link upper right for “Heroes and Worship.”