Public Events at JTS

JTS’s public lectures and events articulate a vision of what Judaism in North America is and might become. They feature engaging personalities—scholars, writers, artists, and community leaders—who bring contemporary issues into dialogue with Jewish texts, values, traditions, and themes. 

JTS also welcomes over a thousand individuals to our free, open-to-the-public High Holiday services every year. 

Event Topics Include:

  • Prayer and spirituality
  • Israel
  • Ethics and public policy
  • Music and visual culture
  • Interreligious issues
  • Judaism in the public sphere

Join Us Online 

Many JTS events are livestreamed, which will be noted in the event listing. We invite synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold public screenings of these outstanding programs. To learn more, contact

General Information

  • Reservations are required for all programs.  
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.  
  • Events are held at JTS unless otherwise noted. 
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you. 
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at least seven business days prior to the program so that we can arrange for an interpreter.   


Mar 11

Mordecai the Jew and Esther the Greek: The Changing Politics of the Book of Esther in Antiquity and Our Times

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

Gain deeper appreciation for the Book of Esther with Dr. Aaron Koller.

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Mar 18

Law as a Moral Force: When President Truman and Chief Justice Warren Studied Talmud at JTS

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

Dr. Shira Billet will uncover a fascinating weekend in JTS history when Chief Justice Earl Warren and Former President Harry S. Truman came to JTS.

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Mar 25

Seeing the Unseeable: Images of the Divine in Kabbalistic Texts  

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

This session will preview the JTS Library’s exhibit opening on March 26, co-curated by Dr. Marcus Mordecai Schwartz, and a new JTS podcast on Jewish mysticism featuring Dr. Eitan Fishbane. 

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Apr 1

Prayer Through a Lens of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Online | Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

With Rabbi Mychal Springer, Adjunct Professor, JTS, and Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Apr 8

Antisemitism and Allyship: Assessing the Present, Imagining the Future

| Conventions

Join us to discuss Antisemitism and Allyship on Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9.

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