Susannah Heschel

b. May 15, 1956

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Susannah Heschel until we are able to commission a full entry.

Susannah Heschel.

As a scholar and author, Susannah Heschel has explored issues of Jewish feminism and 19th- and 20th-century German Jewish history. The daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Susannah Heschel has become a noted scholar in her own right, serving as the Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, focusing on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries. Her 1983 book On Being a Jewish Feminist generated controversy and discussion both within the Jewish community and in the broader culture and was praised by many as their entry point into Jewish feminism. Her monograph Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus won both a Geiger award and a National Jewish Book Award, and she has also written about Christian responses to the Nazis during the Holocaust in The Aryan Jesus and Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust. In addition to her own work, she edited a book of her father’s essays, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity. Heschel has received many honors, including four honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, and Germany. She was elected a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion in 2015 and is a Guggenheim Fellow as of 2023. 


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Susannah Heschel." (Viewed on April 19, 2024) <>.