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The Jewish Theological Seminary

Posted April 28, 2015

JTS was founded in 1886 as a reaction to the Pittsburgh Platform of the Reform movement. The Seminary struggled in its early years to distinguish itself from both HUC and the Lower East Side Orthodox Jews. In 1902 Solomon Schechter joined the Seminary as president and established it as a major academic institution. In 1972, JTS began to debate the ordination of women which was finally approved in 1983. This marked the legacy of Gerson Cohen as president and strengthened the Seminary as the rabbinic institution‚Äč ‚Äčof the Conservative movement.
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