I try and get some work done and someone emails me a good post– JTS is getting rid of departments? Hmm…
Eisen: Ending all JTS academic departments as of Aug 1-replaced w/interdisciplinary courses and faculty clusters #RAconvLV
Eisen: no more dichotomy between Wissenshaft and spirituality #RAconvLV
Eisen: New course combinations, in service of producing the best future leaders for the Jewish community #RAconvLV
Eisen: There will no longer be academic departments in JTS. It has not served the needs of an integrated curriculum. #RAconvLV
Eisen: We need to reach out to individuals who are going to modern orthodox synagogues but think of themselves as Conservative #RAconvLV
#RAconvLV The OU will allow the Magen Tzedek to be along their kosher symbol on packages
Rabbi Genack of OU will work together with Magen Tzedek
I’d say that last one is the most interesting. Among other things, it demonstrates the inefficacy, and irrelevance, of Uri L’Tzedek.
The abolition of departments is well on the trajectory of changing JTS to a Rabbinical school with a graduate faculty from its previous life as a graduate school which created Rabbis as a byproduct. The first step (early in the Eisen tenure) was to permit the Rab school to write its own curriculum (!). I think that JTS under Eisen correctly sees its institutional competition as Hebrew College, RRC etc., rather than university Jewish studies (an arena in which it doesn’t have the resources to dominate, to say the least).
>Eisen: no more dichotomy between Wissenshaft and spirituality #RAconvLV
“Wissenshaft” without “sch” speaks volumes.