On January 29, 2010, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach will host Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), for Shabbat services. The evening is being held in honor of Gilda and Henry Block, who will receive the prestigious Community Service Award during the services. Sandra and Marvin Rosen will serve as chairpersons for the event. Temple Emanu-El is located at 190 North County Road, Palm Beach.
Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership.
Among his early achievements, Chancellor Eisen has appointed a new vice chancellor, provost, and deans; led the development and implementation of new curricula that will better prepare rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators for the rapidly changing community of contemporary American Jews; and committed JTS to a higher standard of ecological responsibility. The Mitzvah Initiative, designed by Chancellor Eisen to engage Conservative Jews in thoughtful dialogue about “commandment, commandedness, and the Commander,” began in six synagogues around the country and in 2009 spread to nearly fifty synagogues throughout the continent.
The chancellor's many publications include a personal essay, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (1997); a historical work entitled Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (1998); and The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America (2000), coauthored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.
Gilda and Henry Block are beloved members of the Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach community. They are steadfast benefactors of Jewish education and cultural causes, and talented artists who have gifted personal works, commissions, and leadership to numerous local and national organizations. Together they have come to learn about and support JTS. JTS is proud to recognize their genuine communal commitment.