The Department of Community Engagement offers educational programming to the broader public beyond the community of matriculated JTS students, including a wide range of adult learning programs (courses, lectures, conferences, visiting scholars, digital learning, and curriculum development) as well as continuing education and professional development for rabbis and other Jewish professionals.  The department's mission is to share the richness of JTS's resources with North American Jewry and to serve as a leading educational voice and resource for the Conservative movement and the vital religious center, both intellectually and spiritually. 

Adult Jewish Learning at JTS

JTS offers high level, academically-rooted adult learning programs with our outstanding faculty both on campus and in communities around the New York Metropolitan area and beyond.  Our offerings include:

  • The Two-Year Context Program at JTS, an intensive study experience covering the sweep of Jewish history and the major texts of the ancient through modern periods
  • Community-based adult learning courses of varying lengths around the tri-state area, featuring in-depth exploration of specific topics in Jewish history, philosophy, religion, arts, and literature

Community-Based Learning with JTS Faculty


JTS offers high level, academically-rooted adult learning programs with our outstanding faculty both on campus and in communities around the New York Metropolitan area and beyond.  Our offerings include:

  • JTS Days of Learning and visiting scholar programs in communities across North America
  • Community-based adult learning courses of varying lengths around the tri-state area, featuring in-depth exploration of specific topics in Jewish history, philosophy, religion, arts, and literature


Public Lectures and Events at JTS

JTS's public lectures and events articulate and communicate a vision of what Judaism in North America is and might become. They feature engaging personalities -- scholars, writers, community leaders -- and conversations that bring Jewish tradition into dialogue with current issues, exploring through a Jewish lens the vital topics that affect our lives. Learn more about upcoming Public Lectures and Events

JTS's public events on interreligious themes are held under the auspices of The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies and The Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue (MCID).

Continuing Rabbinic Education