Eugene Borowitz, American rabbi and philosopher, Died at 91


Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz was born on February 20, 1924, and died on January 22, 2016.

He was an American leader and philosopher in Reform Judaism.

Eugene was known largely for his work on Jewish theology and Jewish ethics.

The rabbi also edited a Jewish journal, Sh’ma, and taught at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Borowitz was awarded the Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award by the Union for Reform Judaism (2005), selected as a Scholar of Distinction for a retrospective on his work by the Jewish Publication Society (2002), and given the Jewish Cultural Achievement medal for scholarships by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In 1974, Borowitz received the National Jewish Book Award for The Mask Jews Wear.

As is apparent from a bibliography of his works, Borowitz was a prolific author.

He served as a chaplain for the U.S. Navy in the Korean War.

He gained his degrees from Ohio State University, Columbia University, and HUC-JIR.

Eugene B. Borowitz passed away at 91 yrs old at his home on January 22, 2016.