Professor Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will be the guest speaker at the Advanced Gifts Dinner and Dessert Reception on Monday, May 5 at the Shelter Rock Jewish Center, Shelter Rock and Searingtown Roads, Roslyn. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dessert and the Chancellor’s remarks at 7:30 p.m.
Honorary chairpersons are Rabbi Martin and Joan Cohen, Rabbi Myron and Ricky Fenster, Cantor T. Shalom Cohen, and Gary Zelman. Jeffrey Shlefstein is JTS chairperson.
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.
The minimum gift is $600 per person for the dinner. Couvert for the dessert only is $25 per person. Reservations are required. For further information and to RSVP, please call (516) 496-9525 or contact Bonnie Epstein or Gwynne Wicks.