Serious Jewish Study Focus of New Torah Institute

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 22, 2006, Atlanta, GA

From intermarriage to debate over the authenticity of the Bible, several of the most renowned scholars of the Conservative Movement will bring Judaic studies to life through the Torah Institute, the first program of its kind to be offered in Atlanta by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).

The Institute will begin on Monday, October 23 and meet for thirty weeks. Currently garnering high praise from participants in New Jersey, Northern Virginia, and Long Island, the Torah Institute will be co–chaired in Atlanta by Marc Gary and Dr. Richard Winer. Sponsored by the Marcus Foundation, it is geared for the adult learner interested in serious Jewish education who has already demonstrated a high level of engagement with Jewish ideas. No affiliation or denominational connection is required.

The topics to be addressed are among the most challenging and thought–provoking to face the Conservative Movement today, and include among others, social justice, medical ethics, Shabbat observance, and spirituality. Classes will be taught by members of JTS's world–renowned faculty, including Neil Gillman, Eliezer Diamond, Jack Wertheimer, Carol Ingall, Joel Roth, and William Lebeau. The program will culminate with a trip to JTS in New York City, giving participants a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to study alongside students from each Torah Institute community.

The cost of the Institute is $600 per person and $900 per couple (excluding cost of travel to New York City). Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. For further information or to register, please contact Rabbi David Kirshner at (212) 678–8049.

Editors/Reporters: For further information or to schedule interviews with the Torah Institute faculty or co–chairs, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world–class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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