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 publicevents@jtsa.edu.

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.   

Events

Dec 5

Censoring the Holocaust: How Books Shape Our View of a Painful Past

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

In this discussion, Dr. Edna Friedberg, JTS fellow and historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum looks back at Holocaust literature and how its popularity shifts depending on time and place. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Dec 5

Livestream of JTS Rabbinic Convocation

Online | Livestream | Public Lectures & Events

JTS will bestow honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees recognizing distinguished members of the rabbinate for their more than 25 years of service. 

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Dec 12

The Hollywood Blacklist and the Whitewashing of American Culture

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Ellie Gettinger, JTS director of Digital Learning and curator of the museum exhibit, “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare,” will explore the political climate that led to the blacklist and how it fundamentally changed the film industry. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens 

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Dec 19

Where Do We Draw the Line?

Online | Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens | Public Lectures & Events

Dr. Meredith Katz takes a look at censorship in Jewish days schools, examining successes and challenges. Part of our fall learning series Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens.

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Dec 21

What’s Next for Conservative Judaism?

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events

Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor emeritus and professor of Jewish Thought, JTS, discusses what’s next for Conservative Judaism in this third series of ScholarStream.

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