Congregation Kol Ami to Host List College Dean as Scholar-In-Residence

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

December 30, 2009, Tampa, FL

Shuly SchwartzDr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will serve as scholar-in-residence on Friday, January 29, through Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road, Tampa.

List College, JTS’s undergraduate school, is flourishing under Dean Schwartz's leadership, doubling in enrollment during her sixteen-year tenure. Dr. Schwartz has spearheaded several new initiatives, including Links to Leadership, which prepares List College students to become the educated lay leaders of the future; the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which prepares select List College students to serve as Jewish social entrepreneurs who are equipped to tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change; and the List College Advisory Board, which serves as an invaluable resource for the school.

Dr. Schwartz’s latest book, The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life, won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. It tells the fascinating and poignant story of rabbis’ wives who worked in partnership with their husbands to strengthen Jewish life in America.

Dr. Schwartz serves on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the academic advisory boards of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah Research Institute on Jewish Women, and the Jewish Women's Archive. A third-generation JTS graduate, Dr. Schwartz received her BA from Barnard College and her MA and PhD from JTS.

The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Friday, January 29, 6:00 p.m.
Topic: “All in the Family—Jewish Values: Ideal and Reality.” Shabbat dinner following service, $18 for adults, $10 for children. RSVP to the Kol Ami office prior to Shabbat; (813) 962-6338.

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 a.m.
Topic: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? American Jewish Family Life in the 21st Century.” Kiddush lunch following service.

Sunday, January 31, 9:30 a.m.
Topic: “They Married What They Wanted to Be: Rebbetzins in American Jewish Life.” Brunch will be served during the lecture.

This event is open to the public without charge (excluding the Shabbat dinner on Friday, January 29). For additional information, please contact the Kol Ami office at (813) 962-6338.