JTS Chancellor to Keynote Waxman Memorial Lecture

Lecture to Focus on “Community, Mitzvah and the Future of Conservative Judaism”

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October 11, 2007, Great Neck, NY

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will keynote the annual Waxman Memorial Lecture at 8:15 p.m. on October 24 at Temple Israel of Great Neck, 108 Old Mill Road, Great Neck.

Chancellor Eisen will discuss “Community, Mitzvah and the Future of Conservative Judaism.” The Waxman Memorial Lecture is in memory of Rabbi Mordecai Waxman, who served as religious leader of Temple Israel for more than fifty years. A leading figure in the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Waxman was editor of Tradition and Change (1958), the definitive anthology of writings on the views and philosophy of Conservative Judaism.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. One of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, Chancellor Eisen has worked closely for the past twenty years with synagogue and federation leadership around the country to analyze and address the issues of Jewish identity, the revitalization of Jewish tradition, and the redefinition of the American Jewish community. 

A product of the Conservative Movement, Chancellor Eisen has regularly served as a faculty member of the Wexner Heritage Program, the Wexner Fellowship, and the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He has served, and is now serving again, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and has long been known as a passionate advocate of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

Chancellor Eisen's 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), co-authored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen. He is currently at work on a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

Chancellor Eisen received a PhD in the History of Jewish Thought from Hebrew University; a BPhil in the Sociology of Religion at Oxford University; and a BA in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania. Before assuming his role as chancellor, he was the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. He previously served as senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Temple Israel of Great Neck office at (516) 482-7800.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the event or schedule an interview with Chancellor Eisen please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.

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.