Chancellor Eisen to Speak at 92nd Street Y

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

November 26, 2007, New York, NY

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “Revitalizing American Judaism through a Conservative Lens” from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9 at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York City.

This prestigious program invites attendees to study with and learn from Professor Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism. The seventh chancellor of JTS, 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 well 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), coauthored 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.

All texts will be in English translation and the class is appropriate for beginners as well as those well-versed in Jewish study. Admission is $35.00 and includes a light breakfast. Further information is available by calling the 92nd Street Y at (212) 415-5500 or by visiting

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