The founding body and center of American Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) in New York City serves as an academic institution for those primarily interested in Jewish studies. The JTSA was born out of the Jewish Theological Seminary Association, which was established in 1886 by Rabbi Sabato Morais, which reorganized and switched to its present name in 1902.
Today, the JTSA is comprised of five schools, the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, the Graduate School, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music and the Rabbinical School. The List College serves as the undergraduate institution at JTSA and operates in affiliation with Columbia University to provide dual-degree programs. The Rabbinical School requires specialization in fields such as Jewish history, literature, education, philosophy, women's studies and Bible. The JTSA also ordained the world's first Conservative Jewish woman rabbi in 1985, Amy Eilberg.
Student housing and university housing around the JTSA places students within reach of the school's various research institutes like the Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought and the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies. University living and student living in New York City is also in close proximity to a number of Jewish cultural and religious centers, as well as Manhattan's various recreational and educational attractions.
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