Notes on a Friendship: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Reinhold Niebuhr

Ursula M. Niebuhr

was the founder and longtime chairwoman of the department of religion at Barnard College. She was the first woman to win a fellowship to the Union Theological Seminary, where she met her husband, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr teaching a class at Union Theological Seminary. (Photo by Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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November 10th, 2017

Kindred in mind and spirit, the legendary Christian and Jewish theologians shared a little-known companionship that was as deeply thoughtful as it was affectionate. Ursula Niebuhr commemorates the bond her husband shared with Rabbi Heschel — only preserved now in two letters and fond memory.