JTS to Hold “Jewish University for a Day” in Chicago

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

December 12, 2013, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host "Jewish University for a Day" at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago in Northbrook, Illinois, on Sunday, January 26, 2014. "Jewish University for a Day" celebrates Jewish learning with a daylong program of engaging topics and sessions taught by renowned scholars, including Dr. Eitan Fishbane, Dr. Stephen Garfinkel, and Dr. David Roskies (keynote speaker) of JTS; Dr. Alyssa Gray of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion; Dr. David Shyovitz and Dr. Claire Sufrin of Northwestern University; and Dr. Lara Trubowitz, an independent scholar. For complete details and to register, go to www.jtsa.edu/JUDChicago

"JTS is very pleased to be conducting the inaugural 'Jewish University for a Day' in Chicago," said Moshe Margolin, senior director of JTS's adult learning program, Context, which developed and coordinates the series of all-day study events around the country. "This day of learning showcases the academic distinction of JTS and that of participating scholars, some of whom are local academics from the vibrant Jewish community in Chicago."

Topics will include the Spiritual Teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav; Biblical Moses: More Than a Man?; New Approaches to Reading Holocaust Literature; Poverty and Charity in Judaism; Jewish Views on Heaven and Hell; Jews and American Popular Culture; and New Perspectives on the Pew Report.

This program is made possible by the collaborative effort of Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Moriah Congregation, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, and Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago.

Jewish University for a Day brings the educational excellence of JTS to a growing number of Jewish communities throughout North America in partnership with synagogues, schools, Jewish Community Centers, universities, and other local organizations.