College of Arts and Letters

An Evening in Honor of Philip Markowicz

A virtual event presented by The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters

The University of Toledo, with Dr. Allen Markowicz and Professor Sylvia Markowicz Neil, will be honoring the life and legacy of the late Philip Markowicz with an online celebration of the release of his recently published book, "Losing God in Translation: A Study of the Hebrew Bible." This event will include the announcement of the Philip Markowicz Endowed Professorship in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies then conclude with a lecture from the new endowed assistant professor, Dr. Yonatan S. Miller.

Sunday, Sept. 13
4 p.m.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 9


Book cover of Losing God in Translation

The Legacy of Philip Markowicz

Dr. Philip Markowicz

Philip Markowicz

Philip Markowicz was born in 1924 in Przerab, Poland. The son of a rabbi, Philip was known as a Talmud prodigy, but his yeshiva education was interrupted by the Nazi invasion of Poland. He survived the ghetto of Lodz, several concentration camps including Auschwitz, and a death march – his entire family, with the exception of his brother, having been murdered by the Nazis. After being liberated by the Allies, he met and married his wife, Ruth, in a displaced persons camp and started their family. Philip and his young family would then emigrate to Toledo, where, with no connections or resources, he trained himself in electronics and created a thriving business.

Philip continued his passion for Torah study and wrote extensively in his retirement. He published a well-received autobiography, "My Three Lives," and shortly before his passing in 2017, he completed the manuscript for "Losing God in Translation."

The publication of this text inaugurates a new series from The University of Toledo Press, with the imprint of the University's Center for Religious Understanding. The first part of the evening will celebrate its release.

Philip's children, Dr. Allen Markowicz and Professor Sylvia Markowicz Neil, together with their spouses Hindea Markowicz and Daniel Fischel, have supported a faculty position in Jewish studies at The University of Toledo for the past two decades.

Support Jewish Studies at UToledo

The Philip Markowicz Endowed Professorship in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies provides support for a UToledo professor in this role, as well as for community education and interreligious dialogue.

Please consider joining the Markowicz family with a contribution to this fund. The family will match all contributions with an additional gift of $125,000. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or more, will enable Philip's legacy to live in perpetuity by fostering his passion for learning in others.

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Last Updated: 6/23/21