Students may develop their leadership skills by becoming involved in their school student organization, or becoming active in Keshet-JTS, Isha El Akhota: The JTS Women's Center, or the JTS Eco-Reps.
Each of our five schools has an active student organization that plans activities, represents student interests, and builds community within each school and throughout JTS. The organizations are run by student leaders, and they are always looking for students to get involved, either by planning programs or taking leadership roles. The President's Council, a committee of all five student organization leaders, meets regularly with the Office of Student Life and other members of the JTS administration to discuss joint programming ideas and ways to make life at JTS more rewarding for all students.
H.L. Miller Cantorial School Student Organization (CSSO)
The Cantorial School Student Organization (CSSO) plays several roles. A social, philanthropic, and educational body for cantorial students, it hosts concerts and parties and contributes to JTS-wide programs and charitable events. The CSSO also serves as an advocate for its students and works together with the faculty to enhance the H. L. Miller Cantorial School curriculum. In addition, the CSSO serves as a liaison to the wider JTS community by offering supplemental programming for cantorial and noncantorial students, including lectures and workshops on hazzanut, Jewish music, and professional skills for clergy.
The CSSO also seeks to encourage and enhance the spiritual atmosphere of JTS by bringing to the JTS community the musical talents and love of tefillah of H. L. Miller Cantorial School.
William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education Student Organization (DSSO)
The Davidson School Student Organization (DSSO) welcomes all students in the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. The DSO works in conjunction with The Davidson School to plan workshops and events addressing issues of importance to future Jewish educators. Additionally, the DSO provides social and networking opportunities for Davidson students, working closely with the other graduate-level organizations and Student Life to coordinate programs for the larger graduate student community.
Gershon Kekst Graduate School Student Organization (GSSO)
The Graduate Student Organization (GSSO) works closely with Student Life and other student organizations to plan social events, lectures, and other programs open to all students enrolled in The Graduate School.
In addition, the GSSO allocates stipends for students to attend academic conferences. Each September, the GSSO kicks off their programming with a fun and interactive event. Check your email for upcoming GSO activities.
List College Student Council
The List College Student Council (LCSC) is the governing body of the List College student population. It pursues academic, political, social, and administrative initiatives of concern to the student body and advocates for the interests of List College students. It also serves as a liaison between the student body and the List College administration, the larger JTS community, and other relevant organizations and individuals.
The LCSC, in conjunction with the offices of Student Life, Residence Life, and Career Development, supplements its policy-oriented work with an array of social, educational, and cocurricular programs. Some of its most popular programs include the List College Formal, game nights, Friday-night dinners, study breaks, and free outings at New York City cultural establishments.
Rabbinical School Student Organization
The RSSO is the representative body for rabbinical students in New York and Israel. It exists to foster community, learning, celebration, and spiritual and professional development for rabbinical students enrolled at JTS.
In a typical year, RSSO programs include the “Visions of the Jewish Future” series (in which leaders of the Jewish community meet with students to articulate different models for our future), “Meet the Deans” night, study breaks, relaxation nights, social programs (including a program for students and their families at the start of the fall semester), and lunchtime learning programs. In addition, representatives of each class plan class programs and dinners.
The RSSO runs The Rabbinical Student Placement Service (RSPS) for Rabbinical and Cantorial students interested in High Holy Day pulpits, student pulpits during the year, teaching positions, tutoring jobs, and other types of employment. Contact the RSPS at email@example.com for information.
Isha El Akhota: The Women's Center
Isha el Akhota (Sister to Sister), the JTS Women's Center, serves as an umbrella organization for women's programming at JTS. Run by student coordinators, the Center supports the religious, academic, and professional needs of JTS's diverse women's community. Programs typically include events relating to professional development and opportunities to build community. Students are encouraged to present programming ideas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.