JTS Expands Philosophy Program to Include Mysticism

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

November 12, 2008, New York, NY

The Department of Philosophy of The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has become the Department of Jewish Thought. The announcement was made by Dr. Stephen Garfinkel, dean of The Graduate School.

This change reflects a broadened conception of the areas of study available to students in The Graduate School, and also reflects academic practice in Israel.

The expanded curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of fundamental issues and trends in the history of Jewish philosophy as well as Jewish mysticism. It also underscores the way in which the study of Kabbalah and Hasidism has been integrated into the larger study of Jewish intellectual history

In addition to Kabbalah and Hasidism, the Department of Jewish Thought offers courses in biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish thought, as well as in Jewish ethics and political thought. Course offerings are enriched by occasional special topics and by the contributions of visiting professors. The courses in the department lead to the MA, DHL, and PhD degrees.

The Graduate School is the largest academic program of advanced Judaic studies in North America, with fifteen departments and programs ranging from Jewish Art and Visual Culture to Ancient Judaism to Modern Jewish Studies. The world-renowned faculty pursue independent research as well as collaborative work with each other and with students. The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, recognized as the greatest Jewish library in the western hemisphere, offers incomparable opportunities for research and discovery.

Further information regarding the Jewish Thought Department is available by contacting Dr. Alan Mittleman, department chair, at (212) 678-8054. Information about other programs in The Graduate School may be obtained by contacting Dr. Maud Kozodoy, assistant dean, at (212) 678-8808 or by visiting The Graduate School website.