Matt Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash

The Jewish Theological Seminary has created a new beit midrash within the world-renowned JTS Library. Previously located in the Unterberg basement, the Matt Eisenfeld (z"l) and Sara Duker (z"l) Beit Midrash—named for the two beloved students tragically killed in a 1998 terrorist attack in Jerusalem—is now more central to the JTS campus. The new space is flooded with natural light, stands adjacent to the tremendous collection of Judaica housed in The Library, and preserves the intimate and interactive learning environment of the beit midrash.

The new beit midrash "physically manifest[s] a culture in which academic scholarship and Torah learning are valued equally," says student Elli Cohn (RS '18), and has "a sense of openness where all are welcome to sit and learn."