Chancellor-elect Eisen Attends White House Meeting

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 19, 2006, New York, NY

Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor–elect of The Jewish Theological Seminary, met Monday with President George W. Bush at the White House at a meeting for key American Jewish leaders in higher education.

The President traditionally meets with leaders from the Jewish community prior to the White House Hanukkah reception. In 2001 and 2003, he met with organizational leaders of the Jewish community. In 2002 and 2004, he met with congregational rabbis, and in 2005 he met with Jewish day school leaders.

Yesterday, the President discussed his higher–education priorities with administrators, professors, and students in the higher education community. "It was my privilege to meet President Bush at the White House last Monday along with other leaders of Jewish institutions of higher education — as well as a Hillel lay leaders and four extremely impressive students. I was proud to represent JTS at the meeting — and moved to attend the Hanukkah reception which followed a few hours later, featuring delicious food cooked in the White House kitchen that had been specially kashered for the occasion," said Chancellor–elect Eisen.

The attendees included Karen Bacon, Dean, Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University; Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Rabbi David H. Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion; Rabbi Zalman Gifter, President and Dean, Rabbinical College of Telshe in Ohio; Richard Joel, President, Yeshiva University; Bernard Lander, Founder and President, Touro College; Julian Sandler, Chairman of the Board, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life; Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, Founder, Lubavitch House in Philadelphia; Dr. Bob Wexler, President, University of Judaism; and four students: Danielle Josephs, Rutgers University; Avi Mayer, University of Maryland; Maya Pick, University of Virginia; and Danielle Rugoff, University of Texas at Austin.

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