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The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

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Inscription on Seal "והסנה איננו אכל" (Ve-Hasneh Ainenu Uchal "And the Bush was not consumed") -Exodus 3:2
Established 1886
School type Private
Chancellor Dr. Ismar Schorsch (Until June 30, 2006)

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Location New York City, New York, USA
Campus Urban
Homepage www.jtsa.edu

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is one of the academic and spiritual centers of Conservative Judaism. Along with the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, it is one the movement's main rabbinical seminaries. It takes its name and basic ideology from the no longer extant Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau. JTS is one of the 4 affiliated schools of Columbia University (which include also Barnard College, Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary). Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... NY redirects here. ... An urban area is a term used to define an area where there is an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not include all significant viewpoints. ... The University of Judaism, informally known as the UJ, is a university with Jewish undergraduate, graduate, rabbinic, cantorial, and continuing education studies. ... The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, located in Jerusalem, is an important academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism. ... Wrocław. ... Barnard College, Columbia University, founded in 1889, is an independent college of liberal arts and sciences as well as a womens college, located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, in New York, United States. ... Disambiguation: This page refers to Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with Columbia University. ...

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University

The Jewish Theological Seminary comprises five schools: Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, The Graduate School, The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, and The Rabbinical School. The latter four schools are graduate schools. List College (known in full as the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies is the undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. ...


The Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau

Rabbi Zecharias Frankel (1801-1875) at one time was in the traditional wing of the nascent Reform Judaism movement. After the second Reform rabbinic conference (1845, Frankfurt, Germany) he resigned after coming to believe that their positions were exceedingly radical. In 1854 he became the head of a new rabbinical school, the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau. In his magnum opus Darkhei HaMishnah (Ways of the Mishnah) Rabbi Frankel amassed scholarly support which showed that Jewish law was not static, but rather had always developed in response to changing conditions. He called his approach towards Judaism 'Positive-Historical', which meant that one should accept Jewish law and tradition as normative, yet one must be open to changing and developing the law in the same historical fashion that Judaism has always historically developed. For the town in Italy, see Rabbi, Italy Rabbi (Sephardic Hebrew רִבִּי ribbī; Ashkenazi Hebrew רֶבִּי rebbī or rebbə; and modern Israeli רַבִּי rabbī) in Judaism, means teacher, or more literally great one. The word Rabbi is derived from the Hebrew root-word RaV, which in biblical Hebrew means great or distinguished (in... Zecharias Frankel was a German rabbi and a historian who studied the historical development of Judaism. ... Reform Judaism can refer to (1) the largest stream of Judaism in America and its sibling movements in other countries, (2) a branch of Judaism in the United Kingdom, and (3) the historical predecessor of the American movement that originated in 19th-century Germany. ... Das Jüdisch-Theologisches Seminar (Fränckelscher Stiftung), The Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau Institution in Breslau for the training of rabbis, founded under the will of Jonas Fränckel, and opened in 1854. ... The Mishnah (Hebrew משנה, repetition) is a major source of rabbinic Judaisms religious texts. ... Halakha (Hebrew: הלכה; also transliterated as Halakhah, Halacha, Halakhot and Halachah) is the collective corpus of Jewish religious law, including biblical law (the 613 mitzvot) and later talmudic and rabbinic law as well as customs and traditions. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ...


Positive-Historical Judaism in America

About this time in America, Rabbi Sabato Morais championed the Conservative reaction to American Reform. At one time Rabbi Morais had been a voice for moderation within the coalition of Reformers. He had opposed the more radical changes, but was open to moderate changes that would not offend traditional sensibilities. After the Reform movement published the Pittsburgh Platform, Rabbi Morais recognized the futility of his efforts and began the creation of a new rabbinical school in New York City. He was soon joined by Rabbi Alexander Kohut and Rabbi Bernard Drachman, both of whom had received semicha (rabbinic ordination) at Rabbi Frankel's Breslau seminary. They shaped the curriculum and philosophy of the new school after Rabbi Frankel's seminary. Portrait of Sabato Morais, from the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia. ... Reform Judaism can refer to (1) the largest stream of Judaism in America and its sibling movements in other countries, (2) a branch of Judaism in the United Kingdom, and (3) the historical predecessor of the American movement that originated in 19th-century Germany. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Alexander Kohut (April 22, 1842 - May 25, 1894) was a rabbi and scholar who helped found the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. ... Semicha (סמיכה -- meaning leaning [of the hands] or סמיכה לרבנות -- rabbinical ordination) is a Hebrew word referring to what may be roughly translated as the ordination (in Hebrew: semichut סמיכות) of a rabbi within Judaism. ...


In 1902, Professor Solomon Schechter assumed presidency of JTS. In a series of papers he articulated an ideology for the nascent movement. In 1913 he presided over the creation of the United Synagogue of America. (The name was changed in 1991 to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.) Solomon Schechter (1847-1915) was a Romanian Jewish rabbi, academic scholar, and educator, most famous for his roles as founder and President of the United Synagogue of America, President of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and architect of the American Conservative Jewish movement. ... The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (or USCJ; until 1992, it was the United Synagogue of America) is the official organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. ...


Prominent professors at the Seminary were such luminaries as Saul Lieberman, Alexander Marx, Louis Ginzberg and Louis Finkelstein and others as well. Saul Lieberman (1898-1983), was a rabbi and a scholar of Talmud. ...


Between 1940 and 1985, the Jewish Theological Seminary produced a radio and television show called "The Eternal Light." The show aired on Sunday afternoons, featuring such social luminaries as Chaim Potok, Gene Wilder and Elie Wiesel. In accordance with Jewish law (and to differentiate its programs from other faith-based shows) broadcasts did not involve preaching or prayer, but rather drew from historical fiction in producing rich drama that focused on social issues. The broadcasts explored Jewish holidays and the nature of Jewish faith and life, but were also widely accessible to persons of any faith.


Notable Faculty

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907, Warsaw, Poland – December 23, 1972) was considered by many to be one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the 20th century. ... Solomon Schechter (1847-1915) was a Romanian Jewish rabbi, academic scholar, and educator, most famous for his roles as founder and President of the United Synagogue of America, President of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and architect of the American Conservative Jewish movement. ... Rabbi Mordechai Menahem Kaplan (June 11, 1881- November 8, 1983) founded Reconstructionist Judaism. ... Neil Gillman is an American rabbi, an adherent of Conservative Judaism, and a philosopher. ... Saul Lieberman (1898-1983), was a rabbi and a scholar of Talmud. ... Joel Roth is a prominent rabbi in the Rabbinical Assembly, which is the rabbinical body of Conservative Judaism. ... Ismar Schorsch is the sixth chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) of Conservative Judaism in the United States, where he is the Rabbi Herman Abramovitz Professor of Jewish History. ... Cyrus Adler (1863 - 1940) was a U.S. educator, Jewish religious leader and scholar. ... Louis Ginsberg is a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. ... Rabbi Louis Finkelstein was a Talmud scholar and expert in Jewish law. ... Dr. David G. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. ... Judith Hauptman. ... Arnold (Arnie) Eisen, Ph. ... In the real world, David Marcus was an editor based in Ireland in the second half of the 20th century. ...

Notable alumni

  • Judith Hauptman, feminist Talmudic scholar
  • Joseph H. Hertz, British Chief Rabbi and Author; first graduate of JTS
  • Gertrude Himmelfarb
  • Norman Podhoretz, former Editor, Commentary magazine
  • Dr. David Gordis, President of Hebrew College
  • Rabbi Dr. Jacob Neusner, Chair of the Judaic Studies Department at Bard College.
  • Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis and Rector of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College.
  • Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley.

Judith Hauptman. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... The first page of the Talmud, in the standard Vilna edition. ... Chief Rabbi Hertz, 1920 Joseph Herman Hertz, 25 September 1872–14 January 1946, was the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire. ... The Jewish Theological Seminary of America The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, and is the movements main rabbinical seminary. ... Gertrude Himmelfarb (born August 8, 1922) is an American historian known for her studies of the intellectual history of the Victorian era, particularly of Social Darwinism; and as a conservative cultural critic. ... Norman Podhoretz (born January 16, 1930) is an American intellectual considered to be a prominent neo-conservative thinker and writer. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ... // Commentary, a monthly magazine founded by the American Jewish Committee in[ [1945]], bills itself as Americas premier monthly magazine of opinion. ... Jacob Neusner (born July 28, 1932, Hartford, Connecticut) is an influential as well as controversial academic scholar of Judaism, and the most prolific. ...

External links and references

  • Jewish Theological Seminary Official Website
  • Neil Gillman's book "Conservative Judaism: The New Century" The origin of Conservative Judaism
  • Frankel's essay "On changes in Judaism" is on-line at: Frankel's understanding of Judaism

Neil Gillman is an American rabbi, an adherent of Conservative Judaism, and a philosopher. ...

See also


Das Jüdisch-Theologisches Seminar (Fränckelscher Stiftung), The Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau Institution in Breslau for the training of rabbis, founded under the will of Jonas Fränckel, and opened in 1854. ... Das Jüdisch-Theologisches Seminar (Fränckelscher Stiftung), The Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau Institution in Breslau for the training of rabbis, founded under the will of Jonas Fränckel, and opened in 1854. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not include all significant viewpoints. ... Originally set up as the alumni association of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) is the official, international body of Conservative rabbis, with some 1400 members. ... The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (or USCJ; until 1992, it was the United Synagogue of America) is the official organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not include all significant viewpoints. ... The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, informally known as the Ziegler School or simply Ziegler, is the graduate program of study at the University of Judaism. ... Originally set up as the alumni association of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) is the official, international body of Conservative rabbis, with some 1400 members. ... It has been suggested that Conservative responsa be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Conservative Halakha. ... The Conservative responsa is the body of responsa literature of Conservative Judaism (also known as Masorti Judaism). ... The USY Logo United Synagogue Youth is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism or USCJ. United Synagogue Youth, more commonly known as USY, is a youth group with members from the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a fun, educational environment where Jewish teenagers can... Kadima (Hebrew: קדימה, literally forward) is a youth group affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), specifically aimed at Jewish preteens living in North America in Grades 6-8. ... Ravnet is the private, unmoderated discussion group of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly (RA). ... The Solomon Schechter Day School Association is an organization associated with Conservative Judaism. ... The University of Judaism, informally known as the UJ, is a university with Jewish undergraduate, graduate, rabbinic, cantorial, and continuing education studies. ... Masorti means traditional in Hebrew. ... Ramah is the name of an organization who oversees several Jewish summer camps throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. ... Current logo of KOACH KOACH (from the Hebrew word כח, meaning strength) is the campus student organization for Conservative Judaism on many college and university campuses and in many Hillels in the United States and abroad. ...


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Jewish Theological Seminary of America - definition of Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Encyclopedia (491 words)
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, and is the movement's main rabbinical seminary.
He called his approach towards Judaism 'Positive-Historical', which meant that one should accept Jewish law and tradition as normative, yet one must be open to changing and developing the law in the same historical fashion that Judaism has always historically developed.
Prominent at the seminary were such luminaries as Saul Lieberman, Alexander Marx, and others as well.
Rabbinical Assembly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (310 words)
Originally set up as the alumni association of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) is the official, international body of Conservative Rabbis, with some 1400 members.
Rabbinical graduates from JTS, the University of Judaism (California) and The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem, Israel) are automatically members of the RA; Rabbis whose ordination is from other seminaries and Yeshivas are also welcome to apply.
The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) is the movement's central body on interpreting Jewish law and custom; it was founded by the Rabbinical Assembly in the 1920s.
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