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Name: Dr. Jack Wertheimer
Title: Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History; Director of the Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism

Department: Jewish History

Dr. Jack Wertheimer is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History and the director of the Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism.

Dr. Wertheimer edited a two-volume history of JTS titled Tradition Renewed. This richly illustrated history contains freshly commissioned essays by forty scholars from the United States, Canada, and Israel. Dr. Wertheimer has also coordinated a major sociological study of Conservative synagogues under a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. A major volume of essays on the project, titled Jews in the Center: Conservative Synagogues and Their Members, appeared in the summer of 2000. A two-volume, edited collection of essays, titled Jewish Religious Leadership—Image and Reality, appeared in late 2004 and was based upon two conferences Dr. Wertheimer organized at JTS.

Biography

Lectures
"The Condition of American Jewry at 350"
"The Changing Jewish Family: How Should We Respond?"
"Jewish Security and Jewish Interests in the Early Twenty-First Century"
"Jewish Education Today: A Revolution in the Making"
"Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between American and Jewish Values"
"A Sanctuary Transformed: Synagogue Life Today"
"Conservative Judaism: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go"
"All Quiet on the Religious Front?: The State of Denominational Relations"

Topics
American Jewish History
The Contemporary American Jewish Community
Trends in Religious Life

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