JTS Chancellor to Address Town Hall Meeting

Lecture to Focus on “Commandment, Community, and the Future of American Judaism"

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

September 10, 2007, Livingston, NJ

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “Commandment, Community, and the Future of American Judaism” at the MetroWest Community-Wide Lecture and Town Hall Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24.

The event, sponsored by JTS, will be hosted by Temple Beth Shalom, 193 East Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston

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, and the redefinition of the American Jewish community. 

A product of the Conservative Movement, Chancellor Eisen has regularly served as a faculty member of the Wexner Heritage Program, the Wexner Fellowship, and the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He has served, and is now serving again, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and has long been known as a passionate advocate of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

Chancellor Eisen's publications include a personal essay, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (1997); a historical work entitled Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (1998); and The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America (2000), co-authored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen. He is currently at work on a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

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. Before assuming his role as chancellor, he was the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. 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.

Community partners (as of September 7) include: Adat Israel Congregation; Boonton; Adath Shalom Synagogue, Morris Plains; B’nai Shalom, West Orange; Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell; Congregation Beth Ahm of West Essex, Verona; Congregation Beth El, South Orange; Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn; Congregation B’nai Jacob, Jersey City; Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair; Morristown Jewish Center-Beit Yisrael; Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange; Pine Brook Jewish Center; Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union; Summit Jewish Community Center; Temple Beth Ahm, Springfield; Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston; United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey; and White Meadow Temple, White Meadow Lake.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Rebekah Raz, director of the New Jersey Region of JTS, at (212) 678-8935.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the event or schedule an interview with Chancellor Eisen please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or shkirschenbaum@jtsa.edu.

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.