JTS inaugurates its first female chancellor
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JTS inaugurates its first female chancellor

CJTS’s first female chancellor, Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, right, with Simon Sebag, the NYC’s Jewish liaison at the city’s public advocate’s office. (Ellen Dubin Photography)
CJTS’s first female chancellor, Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, right, with Simon Sebag, the NYC’s Jewish liaison at the city’s public advocate’s office. (Ellen Dubin Photography)

The Jewish Theological Seminary celebrated the inauguration of Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz at its re-imagined Morningside Heights campus last week; the inauguration was delayed by two years because of covid.

Dr. Schwartz’s inauguration marked the culmination of “Opening Season at JTS,” which featured a series of events exploring the intellectual, artistic, and religious breadth of Jewish life. The program included remarks from dignitaries including Dr. Schwartz, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who spoke by video, and NYC’s Comptroller Brad Lander.

Since she became chancellor in July 2020, Dr. Schwartz has provided vital leadership for JTS at a crucial moment for the institution. “At a time of immense possibility for the Jewish world, my priority as chancellor is ensuring that JTS meets the needs of the moment, while looking toward the future,” she said. “My goal is to offer a nuanced educational approach that prepares future leaders to share Judaism’s riches and inspires them to effect needed change. In addition, I want to expand our program offerings to the wider community by developing flexible learning opportunities both in-house and online. I see JTS as a vibrant hub for teaching, learning, and dialogue that models public discourse across ideological and religious spectra.”

JTS also held its 128th commencement exercises on May 19, when Dr. Schwartz delivered the commencement address to graduates from the institution’s five schools: List College, the Kekst Graduate School, H. L. Miller Cantorial School, the rabbinical school, and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education.

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