The Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture: The Blessing of Assimilation—Then and Now

Date: Sep 20, 2016 - Sep 20, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Public Lectures & Events

JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, will discuss how the issues raised by former chancellor Gerson D. Cohen in his landmark address 50 years ago engage and challenge us today. On the occasion of Cohen’s 25th yahrzeit, Chancellor Eisen will explore the state and prospects of Judaism in North America, the growing gap between the Jewish communities of Israel and the Diaspora, and the shifting landscape—and continuing importance— of Conservative Judaism.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets: $10; free for students with valid ID and JTS alumni.


This program will be livestreamed at no charge at (registration not required for livestream).

JTS invites synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. To learn more, please contact

About the Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture

The annual Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture was established in 1993 by the Honorable Howard M. Holtzmann (z”l), who served as honorary chairman of the JTS Board of Trustees, as a tribute to Gerson D. Cohen (z”l), chancellor of JTS from 1972 to 1986. 

General Information

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.  
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us at in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you. 
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at at least seven business days prior to the program and indicate “ASL Request” in the subject line so that we can arrange for an interpreter.   


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