Public Lectures and Events

JTS Presents: Jazz and the Jewish American Songbook,
featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Ted Rosenthal

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Joseph Boga, Trumpet
Chase Baird, Tenor Saxophone
David Baron, Bass
Jimmy MacBride, Drums

featuring Ted Rosenthal, Piano

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and pianist Ted Rosenthal will perform iconic works from the Great American Songbook, written by some of the most prolific Jewish composers in history: Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
The Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets: $10
All students with ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each.

Space is limited. Order tickets now at

Don't miss this magical evening as a delightful selection of greatly beloved and well-known works from the Great American Songbook is performed with magnificent artistry by the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and pianist Ted Rosenthal. Audience members will be sure to recognize classics from such Jewish composers as Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, and of course, George Gershwin. Join us for this wonderful celebration of the profound and enduring impact of Jewish heritage on the American musical landscape. 


Defeating DOMA The Changing Nature of Equality under the US Constitution    

Roberta Kaplan
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Ms. Kaplan successfully argued before the US Supreme Court the landmark United States v. Windsor marriage equality case that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Marc Gary
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, JTS 
Former General Counsel, Fidelity Investments and BellSouth Corporation   

Thursday, March 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.   
The Jewish Theological Seminary 
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City    
Tickets: $10*; free for students with valid ID. 

Tickets are required and space is limited.   
RSVP at   

Please have photo ID available at the door.    
*The $10 fee will be waived for anyone with financial need. Anyone wishing a fee waiver should contact to register for the program without charge.    

ATTORNEYS, PLEASE NOTE: This program has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) credit hour in Professional Practice. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. New Jersey attorneys will receive credit for this program through reciprocity. 

With the US Supreme Court set to decide by June whether all 50 states must allow same-sex marriage, we invite you to an important and timely exploration of the Court's groundbreaking ruling in United States v. Windsor, which declared a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. When Windsor was filed in 2009, only five states allowed gay couples to marry. When it was argued before the Supreme Court in 2013, nine states permitted these couples to marry. Today, 36 states, plus the District of Columbia, allow gay marriage, representing not only the majority of the states, but the majority of the US population. 
No other disfavored minority group in American history has achieved so much so fast.     

How and why did such dramatic transformation occur? What shifted at the level of courts and judges, within individuals, and within our nation? What role did changing religious understandings and ethical perceptions play in this profound legal revolution?   

Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, has been described as a "powerhouse corporate litigator." She has been selected as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" and a 2013 "Litigator of the Year" by the American Lawyer and "Lawyer of the Year" by Above the Law. Ranked number five in Politico's 2014 "The Politico 50," she has also been profiled in the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America. Dozens of courts throughout the US have relied explicitly on the Windsor case to accord gay couples equal rights under the law.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.


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