The Arts at JTS

Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen established The Jewish Theological Seminary's Arts Advisory Board in spring 2011 for the purpose of creating and sustaining arts initiatives throughout JTS's five schools: Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies (undergraduate); William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education; The Graduate School; The Rabbinical School; and H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music. Together with JTS faculty and lay leaders, the board consists of artists and other professionals from a variety of visual, musical, performing, and literary arts organizations, businesses, and foundations across the United States. Its mission focuses on programs and projects with distinct creative and educational objectives that can be integrated throughout JTS curricula.

The Arts Events at JTS

Bitternut Hickory by Larry LedermanThe Presence of Trees: Photographs by Larry Lederman
Each photograph offers a surprisingly intimate visual experience that reflects the artist's awe and affection for his subject. "It was trees," notes Lederman, "that brought me directly to photography." 

Moved by thoughts similar to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's observation that "there are three ways in which we may relate ourselves to the world—we may exploit it, we may enjoy it, we may accept it in awe," Lederman presents photographs of gardens and their trees to JTS as sources of wonder and contemplation for a community traditionally attuned and connected to the land. The February 20 panel discussion, "'The Trees of the Forest Shall Sing'-But What Is Their Song?," whose title refers to 1 Chronicles 16:33, will explore diverse images and meanings of trees through the lenses of three disciplines-landscape architecture, nature photography, and Torah.

Photography credit: Bitternut Hickory by Larry Lederman  

The Inaugural Exhibition of the JTS Arts Advisory Board
Reading the Visual / Visualizing the Text

Installation by Danielle Durchslag

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