New JTS Continuing Education Initiative for Rabbis Launches at the 2012 RA Convention

“Making Torah Relevant to Gen Next: You’re the App for That!”

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu


February 9, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will offer a bold new continuing education initiative for rabbis, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), as part of the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly Convention. JTS will present a special convention track titled Making Torah Relevant to Gen Next: You’re the App for That! This program will feature a multidisciplinary approach whose goal is to connect Generation Xers and Millennials with synagogues. Rabbis will learn how to take the JTS signature approach to teaching Torah, one that bridges the gap between contemporary scholarship and the quest for personal meaning, and combine it with adult learning strategies and the use of social media.

This new initiative is the inaugural event for JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen’s vision of strengthening and expanding JTS’s role as a provider of premier continuing education programs for alumni and Jewish communal professionals. A prominent JTS alumnus, Rabbi Hayim Herring, president and CEO of the Herring Consulting Network, was engaged by Chancellor Eisen to design this unique program.

Participants in the JTS convention track will study with Chancellor Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism; other distinguished JTS faculty; and adjunct experts in adult learning theory and social media. Through this pilot program, JTS will help rabbis of the Conservative Movement inspire new generations with their teaching and strengthen Jewish learning as a shared communal enterprise.

The retreat will be conducted over the course of the RA Convention, May 6 to 9, 2012, at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be open to approximately 40 convention attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for the retreat begins now, and the registration deadline is Monday, March 5, or as soon as all spots are filled. Space is limited; so to guarantee a spot, please click here to register.


For more information, contact Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg at (212) 280-6066 or akonigsburg@rabbinicalassembly.org; or Hayim Herring at (612) 859-1650 or hayim@herringconsultingnetwork.com.

Visit JTS at www.jtsa.edu.

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