JTS Vice Chancellor to Discuss Conservative Movement Legend

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

March 2, 2007, New York, NY

Dr. Michael B. Greenbaum, vice chancellor, chief operating officer, and an assistant professor of educational administration at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss his book, Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement: Conflict & Growth., at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 at Border’s, 1642 Schlosser Street, in Fort Lee.

The event is being sponsored by Congregation Gesher Shalom (Fort Lee Jewish Center) as part of its ongoing series on "The Changing Face of the Conservative Movement." Future speakers include JTS scholars Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research associate professor of American Jewish History and Dean of Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, and Dr. Joel Roth, Louis Finkelstein professor of Talmud and Jewish law.

Rabbi Greenbaum teaches courses in non–profit management, leadership theory and practice, and the history of the Conservative Movement at JTS. A recognized expert on Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement, his work on these areas has appeared in Conservative Judaism, Tradition Renewed, the two–volume history of JTS, and in the Journal of Conservative Judaism. In addition to working under Dr. Finkelstein as a student, he has also had the privilege of working closely with Chancellors Gerson D. Cohen and Ismar Schorsch.

Dr. Greenbaum's expertise in higher–education administration has been acknowledged by both the Association of Theological Schools (the primary accrediting body for religiously affiliated schools in North America) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits all post–secondary schools in the Middle Atlantic region, Puerto Rico, and other locations abroad. At JTS he served for four years as a member of the Association of Theological Schools' National Commission on Accrediting, where he is currently chair of the Appeals Committee, and recently completed a fifth–year term as a Commissioner on the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, during which time he was also a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the panel of advisors for Auburn Seminary’s Center for the Study of Theological Education. Over the years he has chaired numerous evaluation teams for both organizations.

As JTS's chief operating officer, Rabbi Greenbaum is responsible for day–to–day operations. He has overseen the physical development of JTS's campus, the realization of a balanced budget, and the professionalization of operations. He works closely with the Chancellor-elect on a wide range of JTS and Conservative Movement issues and activities, both here and abroad, and represents JTS on numerous boards and committees of the Conservative Movement. He is the immediate past chairman of the Joint Retirement Board and the Secretary of the National Ramah Commission. For many years, Rabbi Greenbaum has enjoyed sharing the pulpit in Sharon, Massachusetts, on the High Holidays. He has also been a scholar–in–residence at various events.

Rabbi Greenbaum received a BS degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He received a master of education degree from Teacher's College and a master of Hebrew literature degree from JTS, where he was ordained. Rabbi Greenbaum received his doctorate in higher education administration from Columbia University.

The event is free and open to the community. Further information is available by calling Bruce Prince or Pauline Rotmil at (201) 947-1753.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with Rabbi Greenbaum., please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or email.

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