October 11, 2016

Memorial Event



Michael Wyschogrod Memorial
Baruch College, Center for Jewish Studies
October 31, 2016
6:00-8:30 PM


Introduction: Eugene Korn, Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation

My Father: Daniel Wyschogrod, Newton MA

His Challenge to Contemporary Jewish Thought: Leora Badnitzky, Princeton University

Wyschogrod and Christian Theology: Kendall Soulen, Emory University

Wyschogrod in Pictures: Tamar Wyschogrod, Morristown NJ

Wyschogrod on CBS: Douglas Lackey, Baruch College

Beyond Confrontation: Mark Zelcer, SUNY

Wyschogrod and Religious Dialogue Today: Eugene Korn


Leora Badnitsky is Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor and Chair of Religion at Princeton University. Her interests include modern Jewish thought, philosophy of religion, and legal and political theory. She is the author of three books: Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (2000), Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (2006), and How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (2011) as well as co-editor of three books: with Ilana Pardes, The Book of Job: Aesthetics, Ethics and Hermeneutics (2014), with Yonatan Brafman, Jewish Legal Theories (forthcoming) and Institutionalizing Rights and Religion (forthcoming). Her current book project is a study of conversion controversies in Israel and India.

Eugene Korn is the Academic Director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel. Rabbi Korn is one of the authors of “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians,” the first Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity since the Second Vatican Council. Dr. Korn co-edited Returning to Zion: Christian and Jewish Perspectives (2015) and Plowshares into Swords? Reflections on Religion and Violence (2014), both results of theology research projects he co-directed. He also co-edited Jewish Theology and World Religions (2012) and Covenant and Hope: New Frontiers in Jewish and Christian Theology (2012). His previous books include The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel—A Brief Introduction for Christians (2007), Two Faiths, One Covenant?(2005) and End of Exile by James Parkes (2002) Dr. Korn has published more than 30 essays on Jewish ethics and law, Jewish-Christian relations and religious extremism, which have been translated into Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and German.

Douglas Lackey

R. Kendal Soulen is Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He received his MDiv from Candler and his undergraduate and PhD degrees from Yale University. He devotes much of his scholarship to the idea that the Christian faith becomes more authentically Christian as it over-comes its legacy of anti-Judaism. In addition to serving as editor of an anthology of Michael Wyschogrod’s shorter writings (Abraham’s Promise: Judaism and Jewish-
Christian Relations), Soulen has authored The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress, 1996) and The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices (Westminster John Knox, 2011). In 2016, he was elected Vice-President/President Elect of the American Theological Society.

Daniel Wyschogrod is the son of Michael Wyschogrod. He lives in Newton, MA.

Tamar Wyschogrod is the daughter of Michael Wyschogrod. She lives in Morristown NJ.

Mark Zelcer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Oswego. He spent many years teaching in Baruch College and CCNY. His philosophical work focuses on the philosophy of mathematics, Plato’s political thought and military ethics. He is currently completing a book on the philosophy of Joseph Soloveitchik.