Chancellor Eisen to Speak at Heschel Conference

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 be a guest speaker at “A Legacy for the Future: Celebrating the Life and Teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel” beginning at noon on Sunday, December 9, at the Center of Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City.

Professor Eisen cites Dr. Heschel as the most crucial figure in his Jewish development, crediting him with transforming his life following a personal meeting thirty-five years ago at JTS. 

The program is being presented by the Center for Jewish History, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and JTS. An extraordinary gathering of scholars, educators, community leaders, activists, and friends will honor Dr. Heschel on the centennial of his birth by addressing some of the many facets of his impact on religious thought, Jewish scholarship and social engagement.

Professor Eisen will be part of a panel discussion on “Social Activism and Judaism: Heschel’s Encounter With Civil Society,” which will take place at 7:00 p.m. Additional panelists include: Peter Geffen, founder, Abraham Joshua Heschel School; Reverend James Forbes, senior minister emeritus, Riverside Church; Ruth Messinger, president, American Jewish World Service; and Rabbi Andrew Bachman, senior rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim. Susannah Heschel will deliver the closing remarks.

Conference co-sponsors include the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Registration begins at noon with the opening session scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Cost for the full program and boxed dinner is $40 for the general public; $30 for members of co-sponsoring organizations; and $20 for students. Admission to the evening program only is $15 for the general public and $10 for CJH members and students.

Further information and registration is available 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.