Great Writers of the 20th Century: Abraham Joshua Heschel

Susannah Heschel, Tania Hershman, Jeremy Gordon

28/02/2007 12:00 pm

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was perhaps the most significant Jewish theologian of the 20th century. His daughter, Susannah Heschel explored the legacy left both to her and to Jewish life a century after his birth and shared some rare footage of the man who was able to build bridges between prayer and politics. Many will remember the picture of him striding alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the protest march at Selma, Alabama. Mrs. Coretta Scott King, in recalling that event, called Heschel “one of the great men of our time.”

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman\'s prize-winning flash fiction has been widely published, and a week of her short short stories was broadcast on Radio 4 in June 2010. Tania\'s first book,The White Road and Other Stories, was commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Tania is currently writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty, Bristol University, working on a collection of biology-inspired short stories funded by an Arts Council England award.

Jeremy Gordon

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon is Rabbi of New London Synagogue (Masorti) and author of Spiritual Vagabondry and the forthcoming An Angel Called Truth and Other Tales from the Torah.

Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel is Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. The recipient of many fellowships and awards, her scholarship encompasses feminism as well as religion.