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 Jewish community.

The Institute for Jewish Learning
The Institute for Jewish Learning brings the educational excellence of JTS to a growing number of Jewish communities through an array of programs conducted at synagogues, schools, and Jewish Community Centers. Designed to meet the diverse Jewish learning needs of adults, Contextprograms are distinguished by

  • text-based examination of Jewish history and civilization through an academic prism
  • teaching by university-level instructors from local academic institutions
  • respect for and encouragement of the intellectual autonomy of each student and instructor

The Institute is a leading address for innovative programming, community‐oriented services, and research aimed at raising the level of Jewish literacy among Jewish adults in North America.

Context Programs
Two-Year Context Program: Intensive study covering the sweep of Jewish history and the major texts of the ancient through modern periods

Context Seminars: In-depth explorations of specific topics in Jewish history, philosophy, religion,  arts and literature

Context Mini-Courses: Three- and four-session examinations of core Jewish rituals, practices and ideas

Jewish University for a Day: Learning events featuring a keynote address and breakout sessions led by JTS faculty and local instructors

Public Lectures and Events
Where Interesting Conversations Happen
Each year, JTS's public lectures and conferences feature engaging personalities who tackle modern issues as viewed through a Jewish lens. These events, open to the community at large, provide a forum where scholars, writers, and community leaders can explore the vital topics that affect our lives. Learn more about upcoming Public Lectures and Events.

The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies
Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities. The program's ability to unite voices from different academic, social, and religious communities has resulted in unique conferences and interfaith cooperation, and has brought the relevance of Judaism and other religions to prominence on a myriad of issues. Learn more about The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies.

The Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue (MCID)
The Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue (MCID), established in 2011, locates now at one address at JTS the various interreligious activities that have been part of this institution's public profile for decades. In particular, the MCID focuses on Jewish-Christian and on Jewish-Muslim engagements of both communal and academic nature. Programs have been as varied as Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue around the 10th anniversary of 9/11, welcoming the cardinal from the Vatican tasked with Catholic relations with the Jews, or an academic conference on Oral Transmission of Sacred Literature in Judaism and Islam. In addition to interreligious programming, the MCID supports student-driven interreligious activities, and serves as the clearinghouse for a broad range of dialogue beyond JTS in places such as Rome, Madrid, Doha, Qatar, and Muskat, Oman. Learn more about MCID.

In Memoriam
The Jewish Theological Seminary honors all of those we have lost. May their memories be for a blessing (z"l).