Shevet Achim Award Honorees

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

2009 Honoree: Judith Hershcopf Banki

Judith Hershcopf BankiJudith Hershcopf Banki is director for special programs at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in New York City.


A pioneer and veteran of Christian-Jewish relations, her work began before the Second Vatican Council when as an aide to Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum at the American Jewish Committee she coordinated pivotal studies in the presentation of Jews and other minorities in Catholic school textbooks. These studies were submitted to the Vatican and contributed to the development of its landmark declaration, Nostra Aetate. In the following decades, she has been a constant advocate for interreligious understanding in an enormous variety of programs and initiatives.


Her published and co-edited publications include: A Prophet of Our Time: An Anthology of the Writings of Rabbi Marc H. Tannenbaum (2002); Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust: Christian and Jewish Perspectives (2001); The Image of Jews in Christian Teaching (1986); Anti-Israel Influence in American Churches: A Background Report (1979); and Christian Responses to the Yom Kippur War: Implications for Christian-Jewish Relations (1974)