”The Teachers Institute was established in response to the problem of Jewish assimilation in America . . . By providing a model of an inclusive and integrated Jewish community, it suggested solutions to many of the ongoing challenges of American Jewish life.” —David Kaufman, “Jewish Education as a Civilization,” Tradition Renewed: A History of The Jewish Theological Seminary
Teachers Institute (TI) opened in 1909 as the official teacher-training department of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). TI’s visionary thinkers from Mordecai M. Kaplan (z”l) to Seymour Fox (z”l) to Sylvia Ettenberg will be forever linked to that which partially comprises today’s JTS. To commemorate this momentous occasion, JTS will host a daylong symposium entitled "Transforming American Jewish Life: A Celebration of the Teachers Institute’s 100th Anniversary," on March 7 at JTS, 3080 Broadway, New York City.
Symposium sessions are as follows:
Throughout the day, Ivry Prozdor High School will host a book fair featuring publications by our speakers as well as books for Pesah. Coffee and sweets will be available at JTS, and guests will be given a list of neighborhood restaurants for an evening meal.
All events are open to the public and free of charge; RSVPs for this event are required. For additional information, contact Melissa Friedman, director of the Wohl Office of Alumni Affairs at (212) 678-8909.