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  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman turns 94: A community treasure

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 23, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    For decades now, as Rabbi Jacob (Jack) Pressman celebrated a milestone birthday, there was a gala show and dinner starring Rabbi Jack and his myriad show-biz friends to manifest and celebrate the many talents and achievements of this extraordinary man. Five years ago, Temple Beth...

  • Synagogue Swap

    By Jeremy Fine

    March 29, 2013 | 10:10 am

    The Jewish Theological Seminary used to conduct a program called Seminary Shabbat. In short, JTS provided a modest stipend to a student while a synagogue flew that student to their community for a Shabbat. I did several of these and my responsibilities ranged from delivering...

  • The Holy Job Interview

    By Jeremy Fine

    February 10, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Right around this time last year began the craziest month of my life. The Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative Movement’s international body of rabbis) began interview week at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Interview week consisted of soon-to-be graduates of both the JTS Rabbinical...

  • $5 million budget hole is latest woe for Conservative synagogue group

    January 8, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The congregational arm of the Conservative movement ran a cumulative budget deficit of more than $5 million over the past two years, JTA has learned, renewing longstanding concerns for the future of one of the movement's key institutional pillars.

    According to a financial audit...

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  • Rabbis join faith leaders in urging followers to oppose extremist attacks

    August 10, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Leading Reform and Conservative rabbis joined six other religious leaders in a call on people of all faiths to speak out against extremists following recent attacks on ethnic and religious minorities.

    Rabbi Burton Visotzky, director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue...

  • Denounce violence in the name of religion, Vatican liaison says

    November 1, 2011 | 11:19 am

    The Vatican chief liaison to world Jewry voiced an urgent call from Pope Benedict XVI for all religious leaders to openly denounce violence in the name of religion.

    Cardinal Kurt Koch, on his first visit to the United States as a Vatican representative, made his remarks Monday...

  • JTS opening interreligious center with $2 million gift

    September 12, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    The Jewish Theological Seminary said it will establish an interreligious center with a $2 million gift from New York philanthropist Howard Milstein.

    The Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue will be funded by the gift from Milstein, the president of New York Private Bank and...

  • Seminaries getting $12 million boost to train educators

    September 8, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    Three Jewish seminaries across the denominational spectrum will receive a total of $12 million to help train new Jewish educators.

    The Jim Joseph Foundation announced Tuesday that it will distribute the grants over a five-year period to the Conservative movement’s Jewish...

  • Briefs: JTS to admit gay rabbinical students, Saudi Arabia bars Israeli journalist

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    JTS to admit gay rabbinical students

    The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced Monday that it would change admission policies to accept openly gay students at its rabbinical school. Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Conservative movement's flagship institution, made the...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scholar, Not Rabbi, to Head Conservative Seminary

    With Conservative Judaism at a crossroads, the movement's flagship institution has chosen a scholar of American Jewry to guide it. The new leader of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), announced this week, is Arnold Eisen, a Jewish...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Wolpe Out of the Running for JTS Head

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a front-runner for chancellor at JTS, the central...

  • Letters

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Covenantal Judaism"

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was arguably the leading Jewish intellectual institution in the United States. It was home to a cadre of scholars whose research and publications in the areas of Bible, Talmud, history and...

  • Wolpe Out of the Running

    By Amy Klein

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a frontrunner for chancellor at JTS, the central institution in Conservative Judaism.

    But...

  • Q & A With Ismar Schorsch

    By Amy Klein

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York, will retire in June. In that role, he has been informally considered the closest thing that the Conservative movement has to a leader. Schorsch, 70, met with The Journal to assess his two decades...

  • A Manifesto for the Future

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In early November, I spoke at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The topic was "The Future of Conservative Judaism." I prepared for the talk by asking colleagues, friends and congregants to define Conservative Judaism in one sentence. It was a dispiriting experience.

    Some...

  • Conservative Jews Face Turning Point

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It has become axiomatic in certain circles to say that the Conservative movement is at a crossroads as it considers its future.

    With the announcement this month of the upcoming retirement of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, longtime chancellor of the movement's flagship Jewish Theological...

  • Rabbis Fail to Bridge Denominational Gulf

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.

    Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they...

  • Learning Together

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the fall of 1989, I began the process of pursuing rabbinical ordination. Although I would eventually be ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, I did commence my studies as a Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) student, opting to do my first year at the University of Judaism...

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