Past Public Lectures and Events

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture
"LIVING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES: RESPONSES TO CRISIS IN THE BIBLE AND IN OUR OWN LIVES"

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The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture
"SHALOM, SHALOM, YET THERE IS NO PEACE: WAGING PEACE AND MAKING WAR"

 

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The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture
"MEMORY ON TRIAL: Evaluating Eyewitness Identification Evidence in the 21st Century"

Speaker: The Honorable Stuart Rabner
Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court

Moderator: The Honorable Shirely Werner Kornreich
Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Commerical Division

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The Abraham and Minnie Kay Memorial Lecture
"AFTER THE ELECTION: ISRAEL, AMERICA AND THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST"

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and former special assistant to President Obama for the Middle East and South Asia

in conversation with

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor, JTS

How will the upcoming presidential election impact Israel and the Middle East? Are we likely to see any changes in US policy toward Israel in a second Obama administration or a Romney administration? How might Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy change in light of an Obama or Romney victory? Iran, Israel and the US-where are we headed? Join us for a provocative and illuminating discussion of these critically important issues with eminent Middle East expert Ambassador Dennis Ross and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen.

 

The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture
"MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK"

Speaker: Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Why does the public accept the Court's decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions may be highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain the public's faith? How do American courts help make our democracy work?

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The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture
"RELIGION AND THE MEDIA"

Religion increasingly affects world events. But do the media (print, television, online) truly understand each of the religions they cover? Is current religion coverage adequate to the task? Are there better ways for the media to address religion and religious issues?

Panelists:
Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning Correspondent for ABC News's Nightline
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor, The Huffington Post
Brent Staples, Editorial Board Member, The New York Times

Moderator:
Nicholas Lemann, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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The Abraham and Minnie Kay Memorial Lecture
"GOD BLESS AMERICA: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY"

Religion is much in the news. As America marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and gears up for a presidential election now only one year away, we cannot help but question the actual and proper role of religion in our culture, society, and country. Join two experts on the subject-acclaimed journalist and author E. J. Dionne Jr. and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, a leading scholar of American Judaism, for a frank, probing, and wide-ranging discussion of several of the most controversial issues on the American public agenda today.

WATCH "GOD BLESS AMERICA: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY"

 

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture
"THE STATE OF CATHOLIC-JEWISH RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES"

Looking to promote a dialogue of mutuality rather than a revisiting of past grievances, The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will propose a new approach to Catholic-Jewish exchange that draws its principles from a common biblical heritage to face problems shared by both communities in the modern world.

Followed by a dialogue between Archbishop Dolan and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen.

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The Henry N. Rapaport Memorial Lecture
"THE SABBATH WORLD: GLIMPSES OF A DIFFERENT ORDER OF TIME"

Acclaimed author and cultural critic Judith Shulevitz will discuss her recent book "The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time"

Ms. Shulevitz will be joined in dialogue by Rabbi Shai Held, cofounder, rosh yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar.

WATCH "THE SABBATH WORLD: GLIMPSES OF A DIFFERENT ORDER OF TIME

 

"Judaism and Islam in America Today: Assimilation and Authenticity"

A roundtable discussion on the shared challenges faced by Jews and Muslims in the United States, focusing on the delicate balance between assimilation into a predominantly secular and Christian society and the desire to retain religious and cultural authenticity.

Panelists:
Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Professor Sherman Jackson, University of Michigan
President Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary

Moderator:
Professor Ingrid Mattson, Hartford Seminary; president, Islamic Society of North America

 

"A Playwright Reflects: Dramatizing Pivotal Moments in Jewish History"

A lecture by renowned Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol.

 

"Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities"

A Conversation with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen and Professor Steven M. Cohen on the Publication of Elie Kaunfer's New Book of the Same Name.

 

The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture
"The Promise and Perils of Subsidizing the Press: Legal and Policy Issues"

David M. Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School