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. 

Summer 2024 Series

JTS Alumni in the World: Scholarship and Impact
Mondays, June 17 to August 12, 2024
1:002:30 p.m. ET

Our esteemed JTS alumni are making important contributions through their work as scholars and thought leaders in their fields. Join them this summer for nine outstanding learning sessions. Through their engagement with Jewish text, history, and thought, they are enhancing the spiritual and personal lives of individuals, building more inclusive communities, and preparing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring a stronger Jewish future.

Presenters include:

Rabbi Pamela Barmash, PhD (RS ’90), Washington University in St. Louis 
Rabbi Aaron Brusso (KS ’01 and RS ’00), Bet Torah 
Dr. Leah Garrett (KS ’99), City University of New York 
Rabbi Shai Held, PhD (RS ’99 and KS ’99), Hadar Institute 
Dr. Michael Kay (DSLTI ’08), The Leffell School 
Dr. Rachel Kranson (KS ’00), University of Pittsburgh 
Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed, PhD (RS ’95 and LC ’91), Northeastern University 
Dr. Ora Horn Prouser (KS ’91 and SC ’82), Academy for Jewish Religion 
Rabbi Jason Rubenstein (RS ’11 and KS ’10), Harvard Hillel  
Dr. Lauren Strauss (KS ’04), American University 
Dr. Amy Weiss (KS ’07), University of Hartford   

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. 

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Jul 22

American Jewish-Evangelical Interfaith Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Online | JTS Alumni in the World

Dr. Amy Weiss examines the shifting relations between American Jews and evangelicals in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, revealing how support for Israel has transformed American interreligious affairs.

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Jul 29

Innovations in Ritual and Halakhah (Law) Around Jewish Divorce

Online | JTS Alumni in the World

With Rabbi Pamela Barmash, PhD (Rabbinical School ’90), Co-chair of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, The Rabbinical Assembly, and Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Washington University, and Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed, PhD (Rabbinical School ’95 and List College ’91), Member of the Joint Bet Din of the Conservative Movement and Senior Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Network Engagement, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies  

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Aug 5

Rabbi, Will You Do Our Wedding? New Approaches to Working With Interfaith Couples

Online | JTS Alumni in the World

With Rabbi Aaron Brusso, we will explore the changing landscape over the past 50 years, the purpose and meaning of the Jewish wedding ceremony, and how to shift the conversation back to the couple.

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Aug 12

A New Understanding of Betzelem Elohim: Biblical Text Through the Lens of Disability Studies

Online | JTS Alumni in the World

Consider the character of God in the Bible and how God can be more deeply appreciated through the perspective of Disability Studies. With Dr. Ora Horn Prouser (Kekst Graduate School ’91 and Seminary College ‘82), CEO and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion.

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