JTS Chancellor-elect to Examine "Future of American Judaism"

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

January 3, 2007, West Palm Beach, FL

At a time when the Conservative Movement is taking a hard look at ideology, theology, and the culture of the American synagogue, Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor–elect of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss "The Future of American Judaism" at a cocktail reception on Monday, February 5.

The event will take place from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural & Performing Arts at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Marjorie and Barry Berg, Sandra and Marvin Rosen, and Marian and Irving Wiseman are event co–chairs.

Chancellor–elect Eisen's engaging and enthusiastic style, deep intellect, and passion usher in fresh energy and vitality to JTS, the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Jews worldwide. Since 1986, Professor Eisen has been a Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. One of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, he has worked for over 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, he has long been known as an avid advocate for strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel. Professor Eisen's book, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (1997), addresses the renewal of Jewish community and commitment in America. He is now working on a book probing new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism. Professor 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 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.

The couvert is $136 per person. RVSP deadline is Thursday, January 25. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Carolyn Lipman, Nina Finkel, or call (561) 852–3454.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the reception or to schedule an interview with Professor Eisen, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953; or email.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world–class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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