The Inauguration of Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

On September 5, 2007, The Jewish Theological Seminary formally welcomed Arnold M. Eisen as its chancellor. He is the seventh chancellor to lead JTS since its founding in 1886.

Since his inauguration, Chancellor Eisen has built on the work of his six predecessors in making JTS an ever-more vibrant and culturally relevant institution that trains the next generation of Jewish leadership.

Before coming to JTS, Chancellor Eisen was the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. He also served as senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.

Chancellor Eisen received 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.


View our special inauguration website, which includes video of the event, photos, and much more.

Read Chancellor Eisen's inaugural address.

Read testimonials from scholars and Jewish leaders on Chancellor Eisen's appointment.