Public Events at JTS

JTS’s public lectures and events articulate a vision of what Judaism in North America is and might become. They feature engaging personalities—scholars, writers, artists, and community leaders—who bring contemporary issues into dialogue with Jewish texts, values, traditions, and themes. 

JTS also welcomes over a thousand individuals to our free, open-to-the-public High Holiday services every year. 

Event Topics Include:

  • Prayer and spirituality
  • Israel
  • Ethics and public policy
  • Music and visual culture
  • Interreligious issues
  • Judaism in the public sphere

Join Us Online 

Many JTS events are livestreamed, which will be noted in the event listing. We invite synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold public screenings of these outstanding programs. To learn more, contact

General Information

  • Reservations are required for all programs.  
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.  
  • Events are held at JTS unless otherwise noted. 
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you. 
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at least seven business days prior to the program so that we can arrange for an interpreter.   


Mar 27

Gender Identity in Rabbinic Literature

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | The Space In Between

Join Dr. Marcus Mordecai Schwartz, assistant professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, as he examines gender identity in rabbinic literature.

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Mar 29

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself 

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | ScholarStream

Dr. Sarah Wolf, assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, discusses what classical Jewish sources say that we owe others.

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Apr 17

Defying All Categories: Witches in the Talmud

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | The Space In Between

Dr. Marjorie Lehman, professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, takes a closer look at the way the Rabbis of the Talmud describe women on the margins of rabbinic culture.

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Apr 20

How to Confront Anti-Religious Bigotry

Online | Interreligious Dialogue | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events

Join our distinguished multifaith panel for a discussion about the problem of anti-religious bigotry and how interfaith cooperation can serve as a bulwark against bias.

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Apr 23

Jews and Christians Read the Bible

New York State | Interreligious Dialogue | Public Lectures & Events

This session, led by Dr. Robbie Harris, JTS, examines the commonalities and differences between Jews and Christians in their study of the Bible, the relationships and mutual influences that rabbis and churchmen had on one another, and in particular, the arguments through which they typically interacted.   

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