Rabbi Michael Greenbaum Library Book Talk

Each year, public lectures and conferences at The Jewish Theological Seminary feature engaging personalities who tackle modern issues through a Jewish lens. These events, which are open to the community, provide a forum where scholars, writers, and community leaders can explore the vital topics that affect our lives.


Rabbi Michael B. Greenbaum, vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS, discussed his recently republished book, Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement: Conflict and Growth (JTS Press, May 2009), a history of the Conservative Movement and a case study of mission conflict through an exploration of Finkelstein's presidency of JTS between 1940 and 1955.

Sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the event was part of The Library's 2009–2010 series of book talks by JTS faculty. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, served as moderator.

This event was held and recorded on November 3, 2009.

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About the Book:

Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand how and why the Conservative Movement arrived at the crossroads at which it finds itself today.

According to Professor Arnold Eisen, chancellor of JTS, "The volume is obviously required reading for anyone interested in the fascinating story of how a major institution of American Jewry related to the religious movement that it created. Finkelstein's dealings with the arms of Conservative Judaism teach us a great deal about that branch of Judaism, about JTS, and about what is gained and lost in the transition from ideals and ideas to the stuff of organizational life. It is a first-rate piece of history."


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