Arnold 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 made his philosophy of Jewish "learning, leadership, and vision" a principle by which to study and live within and beyond the walls of JTS.

Chancellor Eisen has brought the immense learning gathered and furthered at JTS to bear on the most pressing needs of the Jewish community. Among other initiatives, he has expanded the digitization and online accessibility of historic and contemporary JTS and JTS Library resources. He has launched, which provides Torah commentaries, lectures, classes, and podcasts for students, scholars, and the general public, along with many additional JTS websites, and established popular JTS social media sites that have extended the conversation that is Judaism among the generations. He discusses Judaism and Jewish education, philosophy, and values on his blog, On My Mind, Arnie Eisen.

Chancellor Eisen has introduced cutting-edge JTS projects that include dual-track degrees for rabbis and cantors; programs in early childhood, experiential, adult, and Israel education; an ambitious Arts Initiative; and increased interdisciplinary teaching. He has directed the development of the fully accredited and interreligious Center for Pastoral Education for students and clergy in the field and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, and created the Mitzvah Initiative, which involves US and Canadian congregants in an educational yet deeply personal process of reflection on Torah and mitzvot.

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. The chancellor has published Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community; Galut: Modern Jewish Reflection on Homelessness and Homecoming; The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America (with Steven M. Cohen); The Chosen People in America: A Study in Jewish Religious Ideology; 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.

Chancellor Eisen 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.

Learn more at the Office of the Chancellor.

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