Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, was honored with the Gitelson-Meyerowitz Distinguished Service Award during Shabbat morning services at Sutton Place Synagogue on October 17.
The award was presented by Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson in memory of Jerry Meyerowitz, a founding member of the synagogue, to Chancellor Eisen for his innovative efforts to revitalize the Conservative Movement and to make theology more meaningful for the modern Jew. Chancellor Eisen also addressed the congregation on the topic “Beginnings: Taking on the Covenant of Torah.”
Arnold 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.
Chancellor Eisen was previously the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University and a member of the faculties of Tel Aviv University and Columbia University. He 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.
The chancellor's many publications include scholarly works on Judaism in the modern world as well as the book, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America, a personal essay. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.