Jewish Theological Seminary

Catholic-Jewish Relations Are Strong: Dolan

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

05/12/2015

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

05/05/2015
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.

02/03/2015
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

10/16/2013

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

10/09/2013

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.’

03/19/2013
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.

Seminary Days And Nights

Measuring the arc of a life, and an institution.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/26/2012

As long as I can remember, I was aware of a mythical place in Manhattan known as The Seminary.

The Seminary was central to my parents’ life; it was the place where my father studied to be a rabbi and my mother made friends with the fiancés and wives of rabbinical students who, like her, were well-educated girls from good Jewish homes.

Towering presence: For the author, JTS has a mystique all its own. michael datikash

New Rabbis: The Agony and the Ecstasy

05/25/2012

My son-in-law Yoni Warren, a Navy chaplain in Okinawa, Japan posted to a Marine battalion, has spent the better part of the past week discovering just how difficult and painful a rabbi’s life can be, in uniform or out. A note to help understand this story… In the military, regardless of what corps you’re in as a chaplain, you minister to all military personnel regardless of faith, corps, or any other determinant.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.
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