Attuning to the Divine: A Conversation on Renewing Theology for Modern Jews

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March 31, 2009, New York, NY

Dr. Michael Fishbane, Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, and Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss "Attuning to the Divine: A Conversation on Renewing Theology for Modern Jews" at the JTS Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture. The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

Dr. Fishbane's recently published Sacred Attunement has been hailed by Chancellor Eisen, among others, as one of the most important works of Jewish theology in decades and a major milestone that reflects and addresses the unique situation of American Jewry today. It is also a profound statement of Conservative Judaism. The conversation between Michael Fishbane and Arnold Eisen will focus on the major themes of Dr. Fishbane's book: the tasks of theology today, why it should proceed via a careful reading of texts and attention to practice, and how one attunes oneself to God and the sacred.

Dr. Fishbane is the author or editor of more than twenty books and hundreds of articles and reviews. Among his many works is Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel, which won the National Jewish Book Award. He is also editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society Bible Commentary.

Chancellor Eisen is one of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism. Since his inauguration in 2007, he has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership. Chancellor Eisen's publications include Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America.

Further biographical information on the speakers is available by visiting the JTS website.

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large.

Admission is free; reservations and photo ID are required. To register, or for further information, email or call (212) 280-6093.