Adath Israel Congregation to Host List College Dean for Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

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

March 12, 2010, Merion Station, PA

ssDr. 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, March 19, through Sunday, March 21, at Congregation Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station.

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 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 college.

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 events for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Dr. Schwartz will share reflections on "Trends in Jewish Identity."

Saturday, March 20, 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Services: Dr. Schwartz will offer preliminary remarks on the "Origins of American Jewish Culture."

Sunday, March 21, 9:45 a.m.
Featured presentation: “From Hank Greenberg to Heeb: The Evolution of American Jewish Culture” at the Congregational Breakfast.
Breakfast: $10

Sponsored by Stanley and Riki Tulin and Lee and Nancy Tabas.

This event is open to the public without charge (excluding the Sunday breakfast). For additional information and to RSVP, contact the Adath Israel office at (610) 934-1919.