JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen to Discuss “Mitzvah, JTS, and the Future of American Judaism” in Aventura

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January 21, 2009, Aventura, FL

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss “Mitzvah, JTS, and the Future of American Judaism” during morning services on Saturday, January 31, at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, 20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura.

Professor Eisen is speaking as part of the congregation’s 2009 Distinguished Guest Speakers Series. He will continue his discussion at a lunch and learn following services.

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, the redefinition of the American Jewish community, and of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

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. He served as the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University, senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Chancellor Eisen's publications include four scholarly works about Judaism in the modern world as well as a personal essay, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America.

Saturday morning services are open to the public. Reservations are required for the lunch and learn. To RSVP for the lunch and learn, please contact the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center at (305) 935-0666.

While in the Aventura area, Chancellor Eisen will also be attending various private functions. For further information on those events or on upcoming JTS-sponsored programs in South Florida, please contact Carolyn Kantor, director, JTS Florida Region, or Marla Cohen, assistant director, JTS Florida Region, at (561) 852-3434.