Office of the Chancellor

Arnold M. Eisen

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world's foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Since taking office in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center of North American Jewry, enhancing JTS's reputation and global reach. He has expanded the digitization and online accessibility of historic and contemporary JTS and JTS Library resources, and launched and many additional JTS websites. He has also established popular JTS social media sites as a means of extending the conversation that is Judaism among the generations, and discusses Jewish education, philosophy, and values on his blog, On My Mind, Arnie Eisen. Chancellor Eisen's initiatives include dual-track degrees for rabbis and cantors; programs in early childhood, experiential, adult, and Israel education; an ambitious Arts Initiative; increased interdisciplinary teaching; the fully accredited and interreligious Center for Pastoral Education; the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue; and the Mitzvah Initiative.

Before coming to JTS, Chancellor Eisen served in the department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, the department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and the department of Religion at Columbia University. He earned a PhD in the History of Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, a BPhil in the Sociology of Religion at Oxford University, and a BA in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania. An award-winning writer and advocate for the Jewish community, the chancellor's many publications include Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community and Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America, a personal essay. He contributes regularly to print and online media, including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Tablet magazine, and sits on the board of directors of the Tanenbaum Center, the Covenant Foundation, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. He is a lifelong and devoted member of the Conservative Movement.

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