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Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary
New York City, NY

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Rabbi Burton L. Visotsky is an expert in Jewish-Muslim relations and regularly engages in interfaith discussions internationally.


Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Professor Visotzky also serves as the Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at JTS, charged with programs on public policy, and directs the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS. He has been a visiting professor at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow, and two pontifical universities in Rome. Professor Visotzky is the author of 11 books, the most recent of which is titled Aphrodite and the Rabbis (2016), and over 120 articles and reviews. He participates in interreligious engagement internationally, and was awarded the Goldziher Prize in 2012 by Merrimack College for his work in Jewish-Muslim relations. Professor Visotzky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is well experienced in radio and television. He co-created and appeared in Bill Moyer’s ten-hour public television series “Genesis: A Living Conversation.” More recently he anchored Christiane Amanpour’s four-hour mini-series “Back to the Beginning.” Professor Visotzky has also been named repeatedly on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of “The 50 Most Influential Jews in America.”


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Discrimination and Bigotry, Interfaith Relations, Judaism

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