Temple Sholom to Host Community-Wide Lecture

JTS Chancellor to Focus on Need to Create New Relevance for Youth

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

September 4, 2008, Greenwich, CT

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “It’s Not Your Parents’ Conservative Judaism, But Will It Be Your Children’s?” at a community-wide lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25. The event will take place at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.

The program opens the 2008-2009 JTS Lecture Series in Greenwich. Upcoming guest speakers include Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible, on November 12, and Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, on December 9. Dr. Kalmanofsky will speak on the topic “And Rachel Was Jealous of Her Sister: Gender and Sibling Rivalry in the Bible,” while Dr. David Kraemer will discuss “Jewish Eating and Jewish Identity,” the subject of his most recent book.

“I have to address the young,” stated Chancellor Eisen. “[Abraham Joshua] Heschel authorized my rebellion; he spoke to me personally and said, ‘Religion has become irrelevant, oppressive, insipid and dull’ (from the first paragraph of God in Search of Man), he spoke to me with that message and implicitly said (and then he said to me in person when I got to meet him): ‘Go change it.’”

“As an alumnus of The Jewish Theological Seminary, I am thrilled to welcome Chancellor Eisen to our community. He is an internationally recognized leader in how we can better address the issues of Jewish identity and the revitalization of our sacred traditions. We are honored to have him at Temple Sholom as we approach our High Holidays,” said Rabbi Mitchell Hurvitz, religious leader of Temple Sholom.

Sponsored by JTS, area partners include Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel, Port Chester; the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester; Temple Sholom; and UJA-Federation of Greenwich.

Chancellor Eisen’s presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period with synagogue youth members.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. 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, the redefinition of the American Jewish community, and of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

The evening will conclude with a dessert reception. Admission is free; reservations are requested. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Joan Goodman, director of the Northeast Region, JTS, at (212) 678-8861.