This year JTS began a new tradition of bringing all five schools together for an awesome ski trip. We are happy to say that students and staff from the whole community came together for the great event. We are looking forward to next year and are hoping for even more people and more snow!
The Purim Se'udah at JTS is one of the major highlights of the year! Students, staff, and faculty participate and a good time and laughs are had by all. This year our fabulous emcees were Rabbi Joel Seltzer, a graduate of The Rabbinical School, and Dave Baum and Eytan Kenter, current students at The Rabbinical School. The 2008 Se'udah will be hard to beat, so start thinking about next year's skits now!
On May 8, 2008, The Jewish Theological Seminary’s yearlong observance of Israel@60, honoring sixty years of Israeli independence, culminated with a day of festivities and careful reflection. JTS students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered on Yom Ha'atzma'ut 5768 for an inspiring day of camaraderie and learning, and to reflect on the daily challenges still faced by our counterparts in Israel. Highlights of the celebration included Shaharit and Minhah services, learning sessions with representatives of BINA: Center for Jewish Identity and Israeli Culture, a cutting-edge Israeli educational organization; a barbecue lunch with live music by Randy Herman (H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music), Joel Seltzer (The Rabbinical School) and friends; Israeli dancing with Shalhavet (the JTS/Barnard/Columbia Israeli dance troupe); and a panel on the future of Zionism and American–Israeli relations, moderated by JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen. We also displayed a special Israel@60 Photo Exhibit featuring photos submitted by our students, faculty, and staff.