Jewish Theological Seminary

Borowitz And Heschel: Divergent Paths Taken

02/10/2016 - 16:54
Special To The Jewish Week

Some religious migrations are fulfilled. Others are truncated before they start. I refer to the remarkable contrast in the spiritual itineraries of the influential theologian, Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, who died last month at 91, and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, who died in 1972, as they pertained to the Hebrew Union College (Reform) and Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative).

Rabbi Gerald Zelizer

JTS Plans Major Redesign Of Its Campus

Nearly $100 million land deal to pave way for new library, dorms.

02/02/2016 - 13:04

Making good on expansion plans announced last year, the Jewish Theological Seminary has completed a $96 million deal to sell a portion of its Morningside Heights campus and build a state-of-the-art library, performance center, residence hall and conference facilities.

“Bold investment” in future: The entrance to JTS’ Morningside Heights campus. Flickr via JTA

Catholic-Jewish Relations Are Strong: Dolan

At JTS event, N.Y. archbishop touches on Nostra Aetate, Charlie Hebdo, free speech.

05/11/2015 - 20:00

A half-century ago this year, the Catholic Church issued a landmark document that decried anti-Semitism and asserted that Jews could not be blamed for killing Jesus. The effect: Long-fraught relations between Catholics and Jews were dramatically improved.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Jews, Catholics are engaging in a “providential, emergent partnership.”  Courtesy of JTS

Three Decades Later, Conservative Women Rabbis Have Made An Impact

05/04/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I heard my voice crack with unexpected emotion last week when I participated in a panel discussion at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women as rabbis in the Conservative movement. It was a fine panel with Blu Greenberg, the force behind Orthodox feminism; Alisa Doctoroff, president of the board of UJA-Federation of New York; and Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as moderator. Our topic was how the ordination of women by the seminary had impacted the Conservative movement and the larger American Jewish community.

Francine Klagsbrun

To Fund Expansion, JTS Selling Dorm Buildings

Conservative seminary plans for growth with expanded library, residence hall.

02/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In a period of cutbacks by many Jewish institutions, the Jewish Theological Seminary last week announced plans to expand its Morningside Heights campus — it must sell some assets in order to grow, though.

Marc Gary, chief operating officer at JTS, anticipates that new facilities will increase enrollment.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Disagrees With Wertheimer

10/15/2013 - 20:00

As a Conservative Jew and a mohel certified by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly, in practice for more than 25 years, I was somewhat dismayed at the content of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13). While Professor [Jack] Wertheimer has done extensive work in gathering data on Jewish demographics, I am afraid that he “chooses and picks” his data to suit his points of view. I disagree that intermarried families have lower chances of raising committed Jews, and I believe my statistics and follow-ups prove him wrong.

At Conservative Judaism Convention, Leaders Focus On Shrinkage

BALTIMORE — At their biennial convention, Conservative Jewish leaders called for renewing the “vital religious center” of American Judaism in the wake of numerous studies showing their movement is shrinking.

Disagrees With Wertheimer

10/08/2013 - 20:00

As a Conservative Jew and a mohel certified by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly, in practice for more than 25 years, I was somewhat dismayed at the content of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13). While Professor [Jack] Wertheimer has done extensive work in gathering data on Jewish demographics, I am afraid that he “chooses and picks” his data to suit his points of view. I disagree that intermarried families have lower chances of raising committed Jews, and I believe my statistics and follow-ups prove him wrong.

'Beethoven To Bratslav' comes to JTS.

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"Did Beethoven ever hear about a strange Jew running from place to place, persecuted by other Jews?"

Giving The Familiar A New Look

JTS’ ‘Visualizing the Text’ show brings artwork into the building ‘in a way it hasn’t been before.’
03/18/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

In the entrance hallway of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ben Rubin’s new video installation projects light onto Broadway and into the lobby and adjacent courtyard. Suspended from the high ceiling, the screen carries a series of 5,378 colored images, each inspired by a page of the Talmud.

Part of Danielle Durchslag’s photo installation. Rachel Kanter’s textile designs.
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