Resolution Commending Rabbi Ismar Schorsch on His Leadership as Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Whereas Rabbi Ismar Schorsch has served The Jewish Theological Seminary as Chancellor for the past twenty years with distinction;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch articulated his vision to the community with the publication of Sacred Cluster: The Core Values of Conservative Judaism;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch implemented that vision by committing JTS to train the next generation of Jewish educators by establishing the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch has continued his commitment to Jewish education by serving as a guiding force behind the establishment of the Solomon Schechter High School of New York;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch established Project Judaica to bring his vision of Conservative Judaism to Jews living in the Former Soviet Union;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch has led JTS to serve as a Jewish voice on public issues from expanding the rights and religious identity of Conservative/Masorti Jews in Israel, to the environment, to bioethics, and healthcare;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch’s personal commitment to scholarship and academic excellence has been a model for the faculty and students at JTS; and

Whereas under Rabbi Schorsch’s leadership, The Jewish Theological Seminary successfully completed a $250 million capital campaign.

Therefore be it resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly extol Rabbi Schorsch on his twenty years of dedicated service to The Jewish Theological Seminary;

Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly praise Rabbi Schorsch for his commitment to a strong world-wide Conservative/Masorti Jewry; and

Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly wish him hatzlahah rabbah in his future endeavors as a scholar and teacher among the Jewish people.

Passed by the Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, March 2006