Opening Season 2022
Awaken Your Spirit, Stimulate Your Mind
Join us this spring to experience the very best of JTS. We’re celebrating our new campus with a season of events exploring the intellectual, artistic, and religious breadth of Jewish life. We’re looking to the future, with bold conversations that bring Jewish thought into dialogue with the issues challenging our world.
Join us in person or online. Share this exciting moment for JTS and this time of immense possibility for the Jewish people.
Space, Place, and Communities of Faith
March 13, 7:30 p.m. ET; In Person and Online
The renowned architects of our new campus speak to Professor Barbara Mann about their design philosophy and how it is reflected in their design for JTS.
Concerning Content: Teaching Troubling Texts and Topics in Higher Education
March 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET (by invitation)
As educators in universities and seminaries, how do we work with texts or ideas that run counter to contemporary sensibilities, mores, and conceptions of wrong?
Staged Reading of The Spanish Prayer Book
March 20, 3:00 p.m. ET, and March 21, 7:00 p.m. ET; In Person
Join us for a staged reading of The Spanish Prayer Book by playwright Angela J. Davis. Inspired by true events, this intimate drama is set in motion by a plan to auction rare Hebrew manuscripts decades after their disappearance in 1941 Berlin. Director Susan Einhorn leads a cast of veteran actors for this special event.
Hate on Trial: The Charlottesville Case
March 30, 7:30 p.m. ET; In Person and Online
Roberta Kaplan, a lead attorney in the recent legal victory over white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins University of Virginia Law School Dean Risa Goluboff to discuss how organizers of violence can be found liable and held accountable. Moderated by Alan Levine, JTS board chair and a member of the legal team in Charlottesville.
The Future of Catholic-Jewish Relations
March 31, 1:00 p.m. ET; Online
His Eminence Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory will briefly discuss some of the history of Catholic-Jewish dialogue, which has flourished since the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s 1965 Decree on non-Christian religions, Nostra Aetate. Cardinal Gregory will then reflect on current topics in Catholic-Jewish dialogue and consider how these topics might guide Catholic-Jewish relations in the future. The John Paul II Annual Lecture on Interreligious Dialogue.
Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story
April 4, 7:00 p.m. ET; In Person
A new film about the great theologian and JTS professor followed by a discussion with Director Martin Doblmeier, Dr. Susannah Heschel, and Dr. Claire Sufrin.
Talking Points: Can Journalists and Clergy Offer Wisdom About Our Public Discourse?
April 6, 7:00 p.m. ET ; In Person and Online
A journalist and a rabbi offer fresh perspectives on our contemporary public discourse. With legal writer Dahlia Lithwick and Acting Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Jan Uhrbach. Moderated by Rabbi Gordon Tucker, chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement.
Voices of Jerusalem
April 11, 1:00-2:15 p.m.; In Person
A Lunch and Learn Event
Rabbi Donna Sisselman Cephas, a graduate of JTS’s William Davidson School, and Rev. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, who received her PhD from JTS, teamed up to interview Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women in Jerusalem. Using videos of the interviews and a photo exhibit of these remarkable Jerusalem women, Rabbi Cephas and her team will lead a discussion on how we might learn to live together in the Holy City and beyond. The workshop and luncheon are free of charge, but reservations are required.
It Could Happen Here
April 25, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET; Online
Join us for this urgent conversation with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, who will speak to Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz about ways that we as individuals, as organizations, and as a society can strike back against anitisemitism and hate.
Reaching for Heaven
May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET
Join us for Reaching for the Heavens, a concert featuring the vibrant, compelling music of Gerald Cohen, a leading composer of concert and Jewish music and H. L. Miller Cantorial School faculty member.