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 publicevents@jtsa.edu.

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.   

Events

Oct 24

Written in Stone? Writing and Rewriting the Bible

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Join Dr. Benjamin Sommer, professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at JTS for a discussion about writing and rewriting the Bible. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Oct 31

(Not So) Hidden Anti-Gospels: Suppressed Talmudic and Medieval Polemics Against Jesus

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Join Rabbi Eliezer Diamond for a discussion of suppressed Talmudic and medieval polemics against Jesus. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Nov 7

Persecuting Ideas: The Case of Maimonides

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Join Dr. Alan Mittleman, Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy, as he discusses Maimonides. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Nov 14

The Danger of Spreading the Word: Book Censorship in 16th-Century Venice

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Join Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics as he discusses book censorship in 16th-century Venice. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Nov 21

Intra-Jewish Censorship: The Case of Spinoza

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

This class, instructed by Dr. Jonathan Ray, Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Georgetown University, will explore some of the key writings of Spinoza, as well as the social and political context of 17th-century Holland to try to understand the reasons behind Spinoza’s harsh, and historic, banishment.

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