H-Judaic received this notice from Dr. Brian Smollett at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and we are passing it on to readers. We extend deep condolences to the family. -Editors
Bernard M. Zlotowitz passed away on Wednesday, June 24 at the age of 90.
Bernie was raised in an Orthodox family, attended Yeshivat Torah V'daath, and received traditional semikha as a very young man. He studied History and Classics at Brooklyn College, and soon became drawn to critical scholarship. He entered the Hebrew Union College in 1950, earning his MAHL degree and a second rabbinical ordination. While serving a number of Reform congregations in the New York area, Bernie continued his education at Columbia University earning an M.A. in Northwest Semitics, and later earned his doctorate at HUC-JIR under the direction of Harry Orlinsky. His dissertation was later published as The Septuagint Translation of the Hebrew Terms in Relation to God in the Book of Jeremiah (KTAV, 1981), where he argued for the overall fidelity of the Greek translation to the anthropomorphisms and anthropopathisms of the Hebrew text. In addition to several popular works, he was also co-author/translator (with Martin Rozenberg) of the Book of Psalms: A New Translation and Commentary (Aronson, 1999). A well-known leader in the Reform movement, Bernie served on the CCAR's responsa committee, was a regional director of the then UAHC, and later Senior Scholar of the UAHC/URJ. A dedicated educator and mentor to his many students, he taught on the faculties of the University of North Carolina, HUC-JIR, and retired as Professor of Bible at the Academy for Jewish Religion. A more detailed account of his life and accomplishments can be found in the entry about him in the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica.
Bernie was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, and husband to Shirley – his wife of 66 years. Those who had the privilege to know him will miss him greatly and cherish his memory.