JTS in the Berkshires: Summer 2022-II

Date: Aug 12, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Massachusetts

Category: JTS in the Berkshires

Session II
Spiritual Leadership for a New Era

Friday August 12, 2022 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Shakespeare & Company 
Elayne P. Bernstein Theater 
70 Kemble Street 
Lenox, Massachusetts

Tickets: $15 per session

In a rapidly shifting American-Jewish landscape, we need Jewish leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of our time. Each of us has our own sense of the kind of leaders who appeal to us: inspiring, accessible, intellectual, comforting. Through an exploration of classical and contemporary texts, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, JTS’s newly appointed dean of the Rabbinical School and Division of Religious Leadership, will share her vision for the future of Jewish leadership.

Session I is July 29: The first session of JTS in the Berkshires is “Get Thee to a Nunnery”: Shakespeare and the Talmudic Rabbis in Conversation, on July 29 with Dr. Marjorie Lehman. Learn more

For more information: contact Lynn Feinman at (212) 678-8821 or lyfeinman@jtsa.edu 

JTS in the Berkshires is presented in partnership with Knesset Israel and in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  

With more than two decades of leadership experience at world-class Jewish institutions, Rabbi Cohen brings extensive qualifications to her new role as Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School. For a decade, she provided spiritual leadership at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue, serving Jews of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Most recently, Rabbi Cohen was the senior director for the New York/Tri-State Region at the New Israel Fund. Prior to that role she was director of the Center for Jewish Living and the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. 

Rabbi Cohen earned her rabbinical ordination at JTS and her BA with honors from Brown University. She is the author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the First Forty Years, and co-editor of Siddur B’chol L’vavcha. She is also on the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and Plaza Jewish Community Chapels.