Jewish Theological Seminary of America

3080 Broadway

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools, including the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, The Graduate School, William Da... more

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools, including the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, The Graduate School, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, The Rabbinical School, and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic, and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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Morningside Heights Description

Jewish Theological Seminary of America is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. New Yorkers have several nicknames for Morningside Heights: the "Academic Acropolis," "Bloomingdale Village," or as the late George Carlin (who grew up here) once cynically put it, "White Harlem." Stretching from West 106th to 125th Streets, Morningside Heights is primarily known as the home of highly revered institutions such as Barnard College, Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Manhattan School of Music, St. Luke's Hospital, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and Riverside Church.

The term Morningside came from the park on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, which each morning was the first area to be lit up by the sun and thus called Morningside Park by the residents at the time. Riverside Park, an enormous 266-acre waterfront park maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, was created in 1870s. While obviously overshadowed by New York's Central Park, both of these parks are much beloved by New Yorkers and tourists alike—especially those with an affinity for jogging.

The neighborhood was the stage the Battle of Harlem Heights, a Revolutionary War skirmish that pitted 2,000 Americans against a British division of 5,000 soldiers. At the end of the nineteenth century construction began on both the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and Columbia University's uptown campus, and the neighborhood, previously farmland, became urbanized over the ensuing decades. Generally an affluent neighborhood, many of the beautiful apartment buildings and row houses in Morningside Heights were amongst the first residences to use elevators and were built for New York's prosperous middle class in the first two decades of the twentieth century. During the middle of the century, however, largely due to the increasing numbers of Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs), the neighborhood experienced socioeconomic troubles and fell for a time into decline, with some residents opting to move to affluent suburbs surrounding New York City. In the meantime, the neighborhood has rebounded and reestablished its former grandeur with the significant help of major investments and real estate acquisitions by Columbia University to the north of its existing campus.

Definitely the most famous restaurant in Morningside Heights is Tom's Restaurant, featured in the song of the same name by Suzanne Vega and perhaps most recognizable as "Monk's Café" in Seinfeld. Havana Central, on Broadway near 114th street, was once a legendary haunt filled with Beat Generation poets and activists, but afteryears of languishing as burger-n-beer joint with jazz, they spicing things up, Cuban-style. Popular college bars in the area are 1020 and the nearby Lion's Head Tavern, where youngsters and oldsters knock back pints and shots and get routinely weirded out by each other's respective ages. There's also the slightly less divey Village Pourhouse and

US Civil War history buffs will be interested to know that Grant's Tomb is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, situated in a prominent location in Riverside Park with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. And to answer the famous question, no one is technically "buried" in Grant's Tomb, as that's not how tombs work: both Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia are entombed there.

Given the fact that the neighborhood here is primarily residential, the closest accommodations you find in the nearby vicinity would be Morningside Inn on West 107th Street, which is housed in a pre war building with the old world charm of that era. The nearby Marrakech Hotel on the Upper West Side at Broadway and 103rd Street offers enticing Moroccan style accommodations in one of Manhattan's quieter residential neighborhoods.

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3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-8082

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The Annual John Paul II Lecture on Interreligious Dialogue

Known for her activism around social justice issues, the extraordinary Sister Simone Campbell will join us in a conversation called "On the Bus! The Moral Obligation to do Social Justice," our annual John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding. Moderated by Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Associate Dea... [ + ]n of the Rabbinical School and Associate Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at JTS.

Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice—a federal advocacy organization founded by Catholic Sisters to lobby in Washington, D.C. for policies that mend the gaps in income and wealth in the United States. She has led six cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips focused on tax justice, healthcare, economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, voter turnout, bridging divides in politics and society, and mending the gaps. Sister Simone Campbell wrote the famous “Nuns’ Letter,” considered by many as critically important in convincing Congress to support the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and is the author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.

Co-sponsored by the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with special thanks for the generosity of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

This program will be live-streamed at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream). JTS invites synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. Contact [email protected]

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive early and have photo ID available.

For information contact: Rabbi Burton Visotzky: [email protected]

03/27/2019 07:30 PM
Wed, March 27
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The Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture

American Judaism has been buffeted by massive social upheavals in recent decades. What initiatives, in and out of synagogues, are helping to revitalize Jewish religious life? What options are available to Jewish seekers and those not fulfilled by conventional styles of Jewish practice? How are Jewis... [ + ]h communities successfully engaging millennials?

Join Dr. Jack Wertheimer and three innovative rabbis for a dynamic discussion on creating new initiatives to connect American Jews with religion in the 21st century, inspired by his new book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today, recent winner of a National Jewish Book Award.


- Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, JTS
- Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, Texas
- Rabbi Jessica Minnen, Director of Jewish Learning, OneTable
- Rabbi Dan Smokler, Chief Innovation Officer, Hillel International

Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Stream this program live at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream).

Synagogues/organizations: to host a local screening of this event, contact [email protected]

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•Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

•Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.

•JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us at [email protected] in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you.

•ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at [email protected] at least seven business days prior to the program and indicate "ASL Request" in the subject line so that we can arrange for an interpreter.

04/04/2019 07:30 PM
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