Through strategic partnerships to support Jewish education, digital engagement and learning, public education, and professional and leadership development, the Department of Community Engagement makes the resources of JTS available to the North American Jewish community.
The Institute for Jewish Learning reflects JTS's newly defined mission, one of integrating rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with outreach initiatives to strengthen Jewish lives and Jewish communities throughout North America.
Over time, the institute will become the foremost national address for innovative programming, community-oriented services, and research aimed at raising the level of Jewish literacy among Jewish adults in North America.
The Office of Community Engagement works closely with Conservative synagogues to create engaging adult education programs including scholar-in-residence talks, video-conference learning, and multiple-session adult learning experiences. We tailor programming to fit each individual synagogue's needs.
Each year, JTS’s public lectures and conferences feature engaging personalities who tackle modern issues through a Jewish lens. These events, which are open to the community, provide a forum in which scholars, writers, and community leaders can explore the vital topics that affect our lives.
Our distinguished faculty speak across the country on a variety of Jewish issues throughout the year. This calendar highlights upcoming events in which our faculty are participating across the country.
The Finkelstein Institute continues to provide a venue for advancing dialogue at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The institute sponsors conferences on the theoretical, political, and theological dimensions of the controversial role of religion in liberal democracies—both in the United States and abroad—examining issues such as the role of virtue in liberal societies and the place of religion in national self-definition. The institute also sponsors conferences on the separation of church and state and bioethical issues such as stem cell research and cloning.
The Jewish Theological Seminary honors all of those we have lost. May their memories be for a blessing (z"l).