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Spring 2023 Learning Series

Spring 2023 Learning Series

Jan 18, 2023

On Monday, January 30, JTS will launch its new spring learning series, entitled “The Space In-Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought.” Join JTS scholars to delve into the idea of liminality—the time or space in between—which we encounter often in Jewish ritual, identity, law, and life.

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JTS Remembers Professor Menahem Schmelzer

JTS Remembers Professor Menahem Schmelzer

Dec 13, 2022

JTS and the world of Judaic studies have lost a towering scholar and a beloved colleague and teacher with the death of Dr. Menaham Schmelzer, the Albert B. and Bernice Cohen Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature and Jewish Bibliography. 

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New Library Exhibition: The Art of Lynne Avadenka and the Craft of Jewish Women Printers

New Library Exhibition: The Art of Lynne Avadenka and the Craft of Jewish Women Printers

Nov 28, 2022

“The Work of Her Hands: The Art of Lynne Avadenka and the Craft of Jewish Women Printers” will feature rare books printed by Jewish women from the earliest days of Hebrew publishing and new artwork created by American artist/printmaker Lynne Avadenka.

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I’m a Jewish Historian and My Grandparents Ran a Deli. Maybe We’re in the Same Business.

I’m a Jewish Historian and My Grandparents Ran a Deli. Maybe We’re in the Same Business.

Nov 16, 2022

“Like so many other American Jews from the New York area, I have been eagerly awaiting “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” the new exhibit on the American Jewish deli now on view at the New-York Historical Society. After all, the deli was our family business,” writes Chancellor Schwartz in JTA.

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Upcoming Events

Feb 8

The Kabbalah of Tzefat

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events

From the Kabbalat Shabbat service to the Tikkun Leil Shavuot, many core rituals of the Jewish calendar can be traced to the town of Tzefat. Join Dr. Eitan Fishbane to delve into the thought of the brilliant and creative scholars and mystics who made the town home and consider the community’s profound impact on modern Jewish life. 

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Feb 8

A Reading and Conversation with Joy Ladin

Online | Online Learning

Join us online to hear from poet and literary scholar, Joy Ladin, in conversation with Jessica Jacobs, author and founder and executive director of Yetzirah, a nonprofit literary organization for Jewish poets.

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Feb 13

The Tent of Meeting: Central or Marginal?

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | The Space In Between

Dr. Benjamin Sommer, professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, JTS, discusses the two ways the Tent of Meeting is described in the Torah, and explores why the Torah includes both.

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Feb 27

Between Law and Narrative in the Talmud

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | The Space In Between

Dr. Sarah Wolf, assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, discusses what lies between law and narrative in the Talmud.

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Mar 6

Between Obligation and Free Choice

Online | Online Learning | Public Lectures & Events | The Space In Between

Dr. Gordon Tucker, vice chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement, JTS, discusses how to find a comfortable space in between the obligation to follow Jewish law vs. the emphasis modern culture places on choice.

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