The Eternal Light Premiered on Radio Sixty-Five Years Ago

In 1944, The Eternal Light premiered on NBC radio. The Jewish Theological Seminary produced this groundbreaking radio and (later) television series to promote the value of Jewish thought to the modern world as it tackled the moral and ethical issues of the day.

Now, sixty-five years later, we celebrate this milestone and honor the far-reaching influence, compelling talent, and powerful storytelling of this innovative Peabody and Emmy Award–winning series.

We invite you to view video excerpts below, download original scripts, and order a copy of the New York Emmy Award–winning documentary, The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective.

Original Scripts

The Scroll on the Doorpost (premiered June 16, 1946)

The Doorway to the World (premiered January 12, 1947)

Reminder on the Doorpost (premiered November 9, 1952)


Video Excerpts from The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective.

The Eternal Light aired on the NBC radio and television networks from the mid-1940s to the mid-1980s. The documentary The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective, excerpted below, was produced by JTS in conjunction with Diva Communications, and aired originally on ABC-affiliated stations. It has since been shown at film festivals across the nation.

The program includes interviews with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel and folksinger and activist Theodore Bikel. Marion Seldes, the Tony Award–winning actress, also appears in the documentary and serves as narrator.

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