Eugene B. Borowitz is the "dean" of American Jewish philosophers. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion recently gave him the title 'Distinguished University Professor,' the first time that title has been awarded at an American Jewish seminary. In 2002 the Jewish Publication Society included him in its Scholars of Distinction series with the publication of Studies in the Meaning of Judaism, a selection of his papers over the past fifty years. Previously the National Foundation for Jewish Culture had bestowed upon him its medal for lifetime Jewish Cultural Achievement in scholarship, for his work in the field of Jewish thought. His latest book, The Talmud's Theological Language-Game, a philosophical discourse analysis, will be published by the State University of New York Press toward the end of 2005.
In addition to his new title Dr. Borowitz serves as the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at the New York School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he has taught since 1962. He is a prolific author, having written numerous articles and sixteen books. He is the only Jew to have served as President of the American Theological Society. In 1982 Harvard University Divinity School invited him to inaugurate its newly established List Professorship of Jewish Studies. He wrote the comprehensive article on Judaism in the Encyclopedia of Religion. His 1974 work, The Mask Jews Wear, received the National Jewish Book Award in the field of Jewish thought. Rabbi Borowitz received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University. He was ordained and received the first of his two earned doctor's degrees from Hebrew Union College, the other being from Teachers College Columbia University. He has received honorary doctorates from Colgate University, Lafayette and Gratz Colleges. He has served congregations in St. Louis, Mo. and Port Washington, NY and was a Navy Chaplain during the Korean War. Prior to his academic position he was National Director of Education for Reform Judaism at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, editing its books, curricula and educational periodicals.