Chancellor Arnold Eisen to Discuss “JTS and the Future of Conservative Judaism” at Town Hall Meeting

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

October 26, 2009, Jacksonville, FL

Arnold EisenMuch has been written about Conservative Judaism over the past several months.

On Monday, November 16, members of the Jacksonville community will have the opportunity to meet and hear Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), discuss “JTS and the Future of Conservative Judaism” at a town hall meeting at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, which is cosponsoring the event with JTS. Open to the public at no charge, the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Arnold Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership.

Chancellor Eisen was previously the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University and a member of the faculties of Tel Aviv University and Columbia University. He 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.

The chancellor's many publications include scholarly works on Judaism in the modern world as well as the book Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America, a personal essay. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

The public event will be preceded by a dinner reception with the chancellor at 6:00 p.m., during which he will speak on “Training Jewish Leaders for the 21st Century.” The couvert for the reception is $50 per person and RSVPs are required by Monday, November 9.

Further information and reservations for the dinner reception are available by contacting Carolyn Kantor or Joyce Liss at (561) 852-3454.