Shevet Achim Award Honorees

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

2022 Honoree: Rabbi Dr. Burton L. Visotzky

Visotzky Burton saBurton L. Visotzky is the Nathan and Janet Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he also serves as the Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies and director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue.


Professor Visotzky is the author of ten books, editor of seven other volumes, and has authored over 125 articles and reviews. His book, Aphrodite and the Rabbis: How the Jews Adapted Roman Culture to Create Judaism as We Know It, was published in 2016He co-edited the three-volume, 1,000-page compendium, Judaism: I. History, II. Literature, III. Culture and Modernity, published in 2020-21 by Kohlhammer, as part of their distinguished series: The Religions of Humanity.


He has served on the United States Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust (2011-19), and was a founding member of the Roundtable of Religious and Faith Based Organization Leaders, advising then World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (2015). Professor Visotzky currently serves on the Steering Committee of “The Plan of Action for Religious Leaders … to Prevent Incitement to Atrocity Crimes,” for the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Genocide Prevention. Prof. Visotzky also serves on the United Nations Inter-Agency Task-Force’s Multi-Faith Advisory Council.  He has been named to “The Forward 50” and repeatedly to the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of “The 50 Most Influential Jews in America.”