Louis Marshall Award Dinner to Celebrate Ten Years of Chancellor Eisen’s Leadership

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JUNE 8, 2017, New York, NY

The 2017 Louis Marshall Award Dinner, a gala event presented by JTS, will honor Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s first ten years of leadership as chancellor of JTS.

Chancellor Eisen will take part in a panel discussion on “Moral Leadership” with Rabbi Sharon Brous, the founder/senior rabbi of IKAR; E.J. Dionne, journalist, political commentator, and op-ed columnist for the Washington Post; and Daryl Roth, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, director of the Center of Spiritual Arts at JTS, will serve as the moderator.

Dietary laws will be observed.


Chancellor Arnold Eisen
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Daryl Roth
E.J. Dionne


June 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:30 p.m. dinner and programming


Intercontinental Barclay
111 East 48th Street
New York, NY

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the founding rabbi of IKAR, a thriving Jewish community that stands at the intersection of soulful, inventive spiritual and religious practice and a deep commitment to social justice. Brous has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading rabbis by Newsweek/Daily Beast and among the 50 most influential American Jews by the Forward. In 2013 she topped the Daily Beast list, which credited her with reanimating Jewish community and reenergizing prayer at a time of growing disaffection and declining affiliation. In 2013 she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service. She sits on the faculty of the Hartman Institute-North America, Wexner Heritage, and REBOOT, and is a senior fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary. She serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and rabbinic advisory to American Jewish World Service.

Daryl Roth is the producer of seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics, August: Osage County, Clybourne Park, How I Learned to Drive, Proof, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, and Wit. The proud recipient of ten Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, her over 100 award-winning productions both on and off Broadway include this season’s Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel; the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Kinky Boots (Broadway, US Tour, London, Toronto, Australia); Closer Than Ever; The Crucible; Curtains; The Divine Sister; Driving Miss Daisy; Fela!; Harlem Song; The Humans; A Little Night Music; The Normal Heart; Old Wicked Songs; The Play About the Baby; A Raisin in the Sun; Shuffle Along; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; The Temperamentals; Thurgood; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; A View from the Bridge; War Horse; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Wiesenthal; The Year of Magical Thinking; and De La Guarda, which ran for seven years as the inaugural production at the Daryl Roth Theatre, a landmark building in Manhattan’s Union Square.

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. He analyzes politics weekly on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular analyst for MSNBC and ABC News’ This Week. He is the author of six books and has edited or co-edited six other volumes. His works on religion include Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right as well as the edited collections What’s God Got to Do with the American Experiment?; Sacred Places, Civic Purposes; and One Electorate Under God?: A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics. His most recent books are Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism—From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond and We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which he co-edited with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid. Dionne is also co-author with Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann of the forthcoming One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in September. His syndicated Washington Post column appears in more than 240 newspapers.

About Chancellor Eisen: Under the leadership of its seventh chancellor, Arnold Eisen, JTS has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for North American Jewry. One of the foremost scholars of North American Judaism, Chancellor Eisen has focused on graduating highly skilled, innovative leaders who bring Judaism alive in ways that speak authentically to Jews at a time of rapid and far-reaching change. JTS maintains a dedication to high-level scholarship, while expanding the reach of that scholarship beyond the campus so that Jews worldwide can learn with its faculty, fellows, and speakers, both in person and online. The school has renewed its commitment to social justice and brought a new focus to the art of prayer, establishing the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. Israel education is stronger, and pastoral training is now woven into the curriculum of future clergy through the Center for Pastoral Education. Finally, under Chancellor Eisen’s leadership, JTS is embarking on a historic project to re-imagine its Morningside Heights campus, creating a physical space that fosters Jewish community, learning, and innovation, and that strengthens JTS as a hub of focused inquiry and discussion about the transformation and continuation of our tradition and community.