Online Lecture Series 

Since April of 2020, when adult learners across the globe were yearning for intellectual stimulation and human connection amidst the profound disorientation of the Covid-19 pandemic, JTS has been offering online study sessions with our renowned faculty and other JTS-affiliated scholars. Thousands of participants have now enjoyed these weekly sessions. 

Lectures are generally offered as series organized around a central theme, about which scholars from virtually every sub-discipline within Jewish studies then share texts and insights. Registration for the series is free and you may attend as many sessions as you like. Sessions are held on most Mondays throughout the year, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET. We also offer occasional stand-alone sessions on timely topics. 

Current Series

Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom
Mondays, January 22–May 20, 2024 
(No sessions on February 19, April 22, or April 29)
1:002:30 p.m. ET

Join JTS’s renowned faculty to learn about their current work and greatest passions. Drawing on their expertise, scholars will offer inspiring learning and expose us to new ideas and insights that help us connect the Jewish past with the Jewish future. 

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view upcoming sessions, and click through on any of them to register for the series.

Past Series

Enjoy over 150 past sessions at the series pages below, where you will find a video recording of each session in the series along with a downloadable source sheet for that session.

Sponsor a Session

Sponsoring a learning session is a beautiful way to honor or remember a loved one or to mark a significant occasion—whether it be a yahrtzeit, a personal or professional achievement, or a milestone celebration. Three sponsorship levels are available: Hakham ($540), Tzadik ($1,000), and Navi ($1,800). As part of the registration process for any series, you will have the opportunity to specify if there is a particular session or scholar you wish to sponsor.  

All sponsorship levels are acknowledged on the session webpage, in email announcements pertaining to the session, in opening and closing remarks at the session, and on the welcome slide in the Zoom waiting room. Additionally, sponsors at the Tzadik level receive a 50% tuition discount for their next JTS online course, to be applied any time within a year after the sponsorship. Sponsors at the Navi level receive the above acknowledgments and benefits and are also invited to enjoy an exclusive seminar-style online learning session with a JTS scholar at the end of the academic year. 

Contact Us

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May 6

Art as Witness: The Work and Remarkable Survival Story of Esther Lurie

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

In Commemoration of Yom Hasho’ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Dr. Shay Pilnik will share the survival story of celebrated artist Esther Lurie, the only Israeli artist to win the prestigious Dizengoff Prize for Drawing twice in her career.

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May 13

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

With Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies, JTS 

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May 20

Gender, the Bible, and the Art of Translation 

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

Study gender, the Bible, and the art of translation with Dr. Elias Sacks.

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Jun 3

What Is the Torah, Actually? Preparing for Shavuot (New Date)

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, JTS, will consider what defines the distinctive genre of the Torah, where this genre comes from, how it reappears in Jewish culture over the ages, and what addressing these questions can teach us about the Jewish religion.

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