JTS Rabbinic Training Institute Receives Grant to Support Women Rabbis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: bemora@jtsa.edu


November 6, 2013, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce a generous grant from Marc and Michelle Gary to its Rabbinic Training Institute, a popular annual professional development program for rabbis in the field. The grant will provide scholarships for a limited number of women rabbis to enroll in the esteemed weeklong program for half the usual tuition. Marc Gary is executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS and Michelle Kravtin Gary is an attorney. Mr. Gary came to JTS from his most recent post as executive vice president and general counsel of Boston's Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest providers of financial services. Previously, he rose to the position of executive vice president and general counsel at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, and for almost 20 years, was a partner and national litigation practice co-chair in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown & Platt, an international law firm. Ms. Kravtin Gary is also a community volunteer active on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, and a former teacher in the Gateways program for Jewish youth with special needs. The couple and their family are longtime supporters of the Conservative Movement.

The next Rabbinic Training Institute will be held Sunday, January 5, through Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Pearlstone Center on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. The cost of the program is $850, and registration is open now to members of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis. Please contact Rabbi Julia Andelman, JTS director of Community Engagement, with questions at (212) 678-8933 or juandelman@jtsa.edu.

For the past 28 years, the Rabbinic Training Institute has been run at full capacity, bringing together rabbis in the field for intensive study with leading scholars and thinkers. During the institute, rabbis can hone their practical skills in a developing rabbinate with expert consultants and leadership coaches, and discuss spiritual issues in small groups with professional facilitators. This year's faculty includes Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor, JTS; Mary Jo Barrett, Center for Contextual Change; Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost, JTS; Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS; Dr. Mona Fishbane, Chicago Center for Family Health; Rabbi David Hoffman, assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics and scholar-in-residence, JTS; Rabbi Jack Moline, Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia; Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, JTS; Linda Rich, Alban Institute; Rabbi Steven G. Sager, director of Sicha, and Dr. Diane Sharon, Academy for Jewish Religion.