Conservative Movement Leader to Give Address in Palm Beach

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

January 13, 2009, Palm Beach, FL

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “The Eternal Light: Bringing Torah to the World” in his first public address in Palm Beach at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4.

The event, under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Ewa & Dan Abraham Project, will take place at Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, 190 North County Road. The community is invited to attend at no charge.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. One of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, Chancellor Eisen has worked closely for the past twenty years with synagogue and federation leadership around the country to analyze and address the issues of Jewish identity, the revitalization of Jewish tradition, the redefinition of the American Jewish community, and of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

Chancellor Eisen received a PhD in the History of Jewish Thought from Hebrew University; a BPhil in the Sociology of Religion at Oxford University; and a BA in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University, senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Chancellor Eisen's publications include four scholarly works about Judaism in the modern world as well as a personal essay, Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America.

For further information about the evening or JTS-sponsored programs in Florida, please contact Carolyn Kantor, director, JTS Florida Region, or Marla Cohen, assistant director, JTS Florida Region, at (561) 852-3434.