JTS Announces Two New Administrative Appointments

Steven M. Cohen and Hayim Herring Join the JTS Community

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
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March 1, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce two recent appointments: Professor Steven M. Cohen, who will serve as senior counselor to Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, and Rabbi Hayim Herring, who will serve as a consultant to JTS for the planning of continuing education initiatives for Jewish professionals.

“We at JTS are honored to have Professor Cohen and Rabbi Herring join our community,” says Chancellor Eisen. “Both will bring their immense learning and experience to bear as they help us further the twofold mission of JTS: educating leaders capable of meeting the unprecedented challenges faced by the Jewish community today, and supplying a vision of how Judaism can speak to those challenges, inside and beyond the Conservative Movement.”

Professor Cohen, one of the leading experts on the Jewish community of North America, will work closely with Chancellor Eisen on pursuing innovative and collaborative relationships between JTS and other Conservative Movement organizations, as well as the wider Jewish community. Professor Cohen will advise the chancellor on ways to develop JTS’s role as the major venue for the conversation in which academics, clergy, and lay leaders discuss leading issues facing Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center of North American Jewry. For 2011, Professor Cohen will take a leave of absence from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is a research professor of Jewish Social Policy. He has written and edited a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles and reports on such issues as Jewish community, Jewish identity, and Jewish education. With Chancellor Eisen, Professor Cohen wrote The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America (2000). In the last few months, he has been named to the Forward 50, and received both the Marshall Skare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and the National Jewish Book Award for Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary, of which he is a coauthor. In March 2011, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Herring, ordained by JTS in 1984, will help JTS design programs in the field of continuing education for Jewish professionals, as mandated by JTS’s 2010 Strategic Plan. He brings extensive experience in this area, having for eight years directed the STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal) Foundation, funded by the Schusterman, Steinhardt, and Samuel Bronfman foundations, where he pioneered executive leadership development programs for rabbinical students and rabbis of all denominations. Rabbi Herring will develop distinctive initiatives for rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal professionals. Prior to leading STAR, Rabbi Herring served as a congregational rabbi for 10 years and a senior staff member of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation for 7 years. He holds a doctorate in organization and management, and has published close to 40 articles on a wide range of subjects, including the reenvisioning of the synagogue, Conservative Judaism, continuing education for rabbis, and new models for organizing the American Jewish community. He was also cited several times in Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America.

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