The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Wagner Institute Presents "The Ethics of Power: Might vs. Right"

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March 8, 2012, New York, NY

The Isidor and Rose Wagner Institute for Leadership Development of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in partnership with Chicagoland Jewish High School (CJHS), will present a two-day program on "The Ethics of Power: Might vs. Right" on April 29 and 30, 2012. JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen will give the keynote address, and members of the distinguished JTS faculty will lead courses on Jewish perspectives. The event will take place at CJHS (1095 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, Illinois), a school known for its culture of academic excellence, and check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the 29th. To register, please visit

The Wagner Institute is a key program of continuing education at JTS. Nathan Wagner and Ruth Braver (z"l) endowed the Wagner Institute in 1994, and its first program was held that same year. The Wagner Institute provides a dynamic forum for people to explore ancient and modern Jewish texts and traditions with some of the most creative and compelling faculty of JTS. JTS professors are world-renowned scholars, and they will help participants deepen their Jewish knowledge and understanding during two days of thought-provoking study and inspirational conversation.

All that participants need to bring to the institute is their curiosity and enthusiasm. While some may have a background in Judaic studies, others may be new to the texts and the information presented. The diversity of backgrounds of event participants will enhance every aspect of the program.

JTS faculty will teach the following courses:

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor, JTS: "Israel, American Jewry, and the Covenantal Use of Power"

Cantor Nancy Abramson, director, H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, JTS: "Nusah and Niggun: The Power of Music"

Rabbi David Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics and scholar-in-residence in the Development Department, JTS: "The Culture Wars and Judaism: A Jewish Perspective on the Beginning of Life"

Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible, JTS: "Might and Right: Justifying Violence in the Torah"

Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature, JTS: "Power and Conscience in the Poetry of Shmuel Ha-Nagid"

Rabbi Abigail Treu, rabbinic fellow and director of Planned Giving, JTS: "Aging Gracefully in the Age of Botox: The Power of Beauty and the Ethics of Enhancement"

Accommodations for Wagner Institute participants are available at the Embassy Suites in Deerfield, which is located near CJHS. Through the generosity of Nathan Wagner and Ruth Braver (z"l) and the Wagner family, fees for this program are only $72 per participant. This includes all texts and program meals, but not lodging. For additional program, accommodations, and cost information, please contact Nadine Sasson Cohen, director of Principal Gifts, JTS Midwest Region, at (312) 606-9086 or


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