We offer a variety of student services to help all students succeed and gain the most from their experience at The Jewish Theological Seminary. See below to learn more about the resources and services available on our campus.
Abraham and Mollie Goodman Language Resource Center
Columbia Health Services
Facilities Management and Security
Funding to Help JTS Students
Student Health Insurance
IT (Information Technology)
Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash
Religious and Synagogue Life
Va’ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach
Women’s Center: Isha El Akhota
JTS on Social Media
JTS Press offers scholarly and Judaic texts in both Hebrew and English. Students have an opportunity to purchase JTS Press publications at a 30 percent discount. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in placing an order or obtaining more information.
The online and telephone ordering system for JTS Press books is unavailable until further notice. Many titles are available from online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Urgent requests for other titles may be directed to email@example.com for attention.
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the billing and collection of tuition/fees and other institutional receivables. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any related questions.
JTS has a limited number of lockers available for commuting students on the second floor of Kripke Tower. Only JTS students living south of 110th Street (109th Street and below), north of 134th Street, east of Fifth Avenue, or outside of Manhattan can apply to rent a locker. Students are required to sign a contract in the Office of Student Life and pay a nominal rental fee per semester. For further information, please go to Unterberg 209.
The Computer Lab, located on seventh-floor Kripke, is a state-of-the-art facility, specifically for JTS students. The lab is filled with computer stations, which students may use to complete work for classes, do research, and use the Internet.
JTS follows the New York City public school system when deciding to close in inclement weather. If the New York City public schools are closed due to weather, JTS will be closed.
There may be a rare occurrence when we decide to close because of a severe storm or other emergency, even though the city schools remain open. Additionally, there may be times when the New York City schools are already closed; for example, during holidays. In order to make this information available to you during such occurrences, JTS maintains a phone line that will play a recorded message from 6:00 a.m. on in the event of a closing. That number is (212) 678-8898. Should you get a repeated busy signal due to a heavy volume of calls, you may also phone the Security desk at (212) 678-8087.
In the event that JTS closes due to inclement weather, an announcement to that effect will appear on our homepage.
You may also tune in to WCBS at 880AM. WCBS will broadcast school closings including JTS weather-related closings. WCBS announces closings in our area at thirty-five minutes past the hour. WCBS begins broadcasting school closings at 5:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 a.m.
The Office of Human Resources handles personnel matters and questions for JTS. It also administers student medical coverage through the Columbia University Health Service and issues JTS student photo identification cards.
Many of these policies also appear in the Guide to Student Life. Since some policies are amended from time to time, the most current version always appears on the website. Printed copies of any of the policies are available in the Office of Student Life. We urge all students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with these policies.
JTS provides many varied opportunities for students to learn and evaluate the roots and sources of our religious heritage. As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the level of study, JTS provides a guided beit midrash program. The Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash (located in the basement of Unterberg) is open all day, seven days a week, for study in hevruta or alone. Special programs and shiurim are scheduled throughout the academic year for the JTS community. At designated hours during the week, the beit midrash is staffed with rabbis and teachers who serve as guides for community study. They will assist students in their preparation for their Talmud and rabbinics courses.
The Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash is a place to gather, learn, improve, and grow. Join our shared community of study. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Registrar / Student Financial Services Office processes financial aid applications and provides all services relating to academic programs, including course registration, academic transcripts, and grades. Students may contact this office to obtain all of the applications and information needed to apply for student financial assistance and to receive financial aid counseling and information on payment plans.
Walk-in assistance is available Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax us at (212) 678-8002.
Women's League Seminary Synagogue
There are two synagogues at JTS. The Women’s League Seminary Synagogue (second-floor Schiff) houses egalitarian services that meet regularly for Shaharit and Minhah on weekdays, as well as Shabbat and holidays throughout the academic year.
A non-egalitarian minyan meets regularly during the week in the Stein Chapel (first-floor Schiff) throughout the academic year as well. The tefillot (prayer services) are student run and organized with the guidance of Rabbi Lisa Gelber, associate dean of The Rabbinical School, who oversees the leadership of student gabbaim.
Additional services are held in various locations throughout JTS and in the residence halls throughout the week. Prayer services are a time when faculty, staff, and students can come together as community.
Student Life and Residence Hall Programming
The offices of Student Life and Residence Life play an integral role in religious life of the JTS community through Shabbat, holiday observances, celebrations, programming, and outreach in the residence halls. Shabbat dinners and holiday celebratory meals, held throughout the year, create opportunities for informal interaction between students.
The office employs graduate-student-level Jewish Life directors in the Brush, Goldsmith, and Mathilde Schechter residence halls. The role of these directors is to plan religious programs and facilitate Jewish learning and living outside of the classroom. They serve as a resource to students with religious questions and provide outreach to the students through home hospitality.
In addition to religious life on the JTS campus and in the residence halls, students take advantage of the Jewish communities at Columbia/Barnard Hillel and numerous synagogues and Jewish organizations on the Upper West Side.
The Office of Residence Life oversees and administers all housing and residential life operations at JTS, which includes three coeducational residence halls and limited off-campus apartment leasing for graduate students and their immediate families.
Live-in resident directors (RDs), graduate-level students, occupy an apartment within each undergraduate residence hall and manage halls through policy enforcement, crisis management, counseling referral, and other residential concerns. RDs supervise undergraduate student leaders who serve as resident advisers (RAs). RAs assist RDs by providing peer counseling and facilitating social and educational programs.
These programs help foster a sense of community and friendship within each residence hall. Jewish Life directors, live-in Office of Student Life associates, organize Jewish cultural and religious programming and serve as a resource for residents who may be exploring their religious identities or have questions about Judaism and religious practice.
The Student Counseling Center is available for JTS students to help them get the most from their academic, spiritual, and emotional life at JTS. The JTS counselors offer a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential environment in which students have the time and space to explore what is contributing to their current distress and figure out ways of coping with their troubles.
The Student Counseling Center staff will work with a student to decide the best course of action, which might include short-term counseling. When appropriate, referrals are made to a psychiatrist, private therapist, or agency. Students may arrange to meet with the counseling service staff by calling the Student Counseling Center at (212) 280-6161.
In addition to providing counseling, the staff also offers workshops and information fairs during the year on a variety of mental health and wellness topics. Our website includes links to numerous resources, which we hope are helpful to the entire JTS community.
Isha el Akhota (Sister to Sister), the JTS Women's Center, serves as an umbrella organization for women's programming at JTS. Run by student coordinators with faculty supervision, the center supports the religious, academic, and professional needs of JTS's diverse women's community.
Programs typically include a Sukkah Welcome and a Women's Seder, as well as events relating to professional and personal issues. The office is located just outside the Women's League Seminary Synagogue.
If you are nursing, stop by the Office of Student Life (Unterberg 209) to sign out a key so that you may use the available nursing space at your convenience.