Work

Publications (selection)

Date of publication

Title

1935 Taine, Montaigne, Richeome – Ihre Auffassungen von Religion und Kirche– Ein Beitrag zur französischen Wesenskunde (Dissertation)
1962 Eternal Faith, Eternal People, a Journey into Judaism
1965 Die Landesgemeinde der Juden in Oldenburg– Keimzelle jüdischen Lebens (1827–1938) und Spiegel jüdischen Schicksals
1966 Judaism, Development and Life
1969 Das Judentum. Geschichte und lebendige Gegenwart
1973 Die Oldenburger Judenschaft
1980 The Complete Book of Jewish Observance
1980 Una historia de la experienca judia
1985 Judaism and the Religions of Humanity
1988 Jüdische Ethik
1991, 2nd edition Der jüdische Gottesdienst – Gestalt und Entfaltung
1991 Die amerikanischen Juden – Profil einer Gemeinschaft
1996 Geschichte der deutschen Juden
2000 Das Vermächtnis der deutschen Juden
2001 (2nd Edition) History of the Jewish Experience
2004 Nigune Magenza– Die liturgischen Gesänge von Mainz, mit 2 CDs
2005 Dein Gott ist mein Gott – Wege zum Judentum und zur jüdischen Gemeinschaft (mit Gunda Wöbken-Ekert)
2006 (12th Edition) Die Juden – Volk – Religion – Geschichte  (also pulished in Polish)

Essays

Date and place of publication

Title

March 1943, The Reconstructionist Hirsch and Graetz – Two Interpreters of Jewish Tradition
May 1943, The Reconstructionist Government in Exile
October 1944, Liberal Judaism Creizenach: Reform’s Evolutionary Pioneer
March 1944, The Reconstructionist The Parable of the Three Rings
February 1945, Liberal Judaism The Mezuza
May 1945, The Reconstructionist God and Man
November 1946, Conservative Judaism Of German Jewry
January 1947, The Reconstructionist Reflection on the Convention of the Federal Council of Churches
October 1947, The Reconstructionist Franz Rosenzweig’s Spiritual Biography
October 1947, The Reconstructionist The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig and that of Reconstructionism
October 1947, Conservative Judaism A Review of Saadia Gaon’s “The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs”
November 1947, The Reconstructionist The Action Program of Franz Rosenzweig and that of Reconstructionism
May 1953, California Journal of secondary Education Teacher Attitudes on Moral and Spiritual Values
May-June 1953, Religious Education Report on Teacher Attitudes regarding Moral and Spiritual Values in Public Education
January 1957, The Reconstructionist Venice Revisited
February 1956, The Reconstructionist Vignettes of a Trip to Europe in 1954
May 1966, National Jewish Monthly Last Visit with Martin Buber
June 1967, National Jewish Monthly Hermann Cohen as Philosopher and Ben B’Rith
June 1968, The Reconstructionist Marshall McLuhan, the Golden Calf and Modern Jewry
July 1970, Das Neue Mainz Michael Creizenach und Markus Lehmann– Zwei jüdische Erzieher aus Mainz
July/ August 1972, Emuna Leopold Zunz– Eine Einführung in das Wollen und Wirken des Vorkämpfers der Wissenschaft des Judentums
October/ November 1972, Emuna Die Schrift im Lichte des Talmuds
June/July 1975, Emuna Mordecai Kaplan und der Rekonstruktionismus
1975/1976 Mainz und seine Minhagim
1977, Tradition und Erneuerung Gedanken zur Stellung der Frau
Fall 1981, Jewish Spectator Recollection of a Trialogue (of Christians, Muslims and Jews)
April 1982, Tradition und Erneuerung Ernst Simon: Entscheidung zum Judentum, eine Besprechung
1985, Sh’ma What if Shylock were a Marrano
1989, University Speeches in Oldenburg Jüdische Studien an deutscher Universität
1991 The Controversy between Samson Raphael Hirsch and Seligmann Baer Bamberger– Halakhical and Societal Implications
1991, CCAR Quarterly Yamim Noraim: The Traditional Liturgy and “Gates of Repentance”
Mainz, 3 Folgen Gang durch den neuen Jüdischen Friedhof zu Mainz

Contributions to collected editions

Date of publication

Title

1937, Yearbook of the Jewish Congregations of the Hanseatic cities Samson Raphael Hirsch und Heinrich Graetz in Oldenburg– Ein Versuch über das Werden ihrer Denkform
1981, Gymnasium of the Castle, Mainz on the 150th Anniversary Festrede
1992, in: Günter Mayer (Hg.), Das Judentum Abriss der jüdischen Geschichte
1992, in: Günter Mayer (Hg.), Das Judentum Jüdisches Denken im 20. Jahrhundert von Hermann Cohen bis Abraham Heschel
Commemorative publication for Cardinal Karl Lehmann’s 65th birthday (2001) Kardinal Lehmann, eine Würdigung
2005, State Parliament of Rheinland-Pfalz, January 27th, 2005 Gedenkrede in der Plenarsitzung des Landtags, Gespräche mit Schülern

His work has resulted in a number of honors

  • D.D. – Doctor of Divinity – Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Dr. phil.h.c – Hon Ph.D. – University of Oldenburg
  • Dr. phil h.c. –Hon. Ph.D. – University of Würzburg –with renewal of original document
  • American Heritage foundation: George Washington Certificate of Honor
  • Gutenberg Plakette – City of Mainz
  • City Ring of Honor – City of Mainz
  • Honorary Citizen – City of Oldenburg
  • Cross of Honor First Class – Federal Republic of Germany
  • Price of Oldenburger Landschaft Society
  • Certificates of Appreciation – California legislature

It was an important honor for Leo Trepp to be invited to address the Parliament of the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate on occasion of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Read Trepp’s memorial speech here (in German).

Memberships

  • Rabbinical Assembly
  • Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • San Francisco Board of Rabbis
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Philosophical Association

Further depiction of Leo Trepp’s research activities can be found at the website of the University of Mainz (in German).

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