Baltimore — What do an expert on Buddhism, a Christian theologian and a former Reagan administration bureaucrat have to say about Jewish spirituality to a room full of Conservative rabbis? That was the question here this week when all three addressed several hundred rabbis and guests at the 99th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization representing the world’s 1,500 Conservative rabbis.
Arnold M. Eisen has 15 months before he starts his new job as chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, but even on the day the appointment was announced, he was making significant changes at the Conservative movement’s flagship institution.
Faculty members at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conservative movement’s flagship institution, are reeling over the sudden announcement that the school faces serious financial problems, ones they believe could harm the future academic reputation of the institution.
At a Nov. 3 faculty meeting convened by Chancellor Ismar Schorsch, the teaching staff learned that JTS has implemented a hiring freeze and is selling a parcel of land it purchased four years ago intending to build graduate housing.