Ismar Schorsch

Ismar Schorsch ( born November 3, 1935 in Hannover) was the sixth chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary ( JTS ) in New York, President of the Leo Baeck Institute and is the Rabbi Herman Abramovitz, Professor of Jewish History.


Ismar was born in the era of National Socialism, 1935 in Hanover, the son of Rabbi Emil Schorsch. During the so-called " Kristallnacht " was arrested his father, who with his family fled to deportation and released from the Buchenwald concentration camp to England and in 1940 emigrated to the United States.

Ismar Schorsch 1957 graduated from the Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, a liberal arts college.

1962 Schorsch was ordained by JTS. He received his MS from the JTS and Columbia University and received an award of this in Jewish history.

From 1986 to 2006 was Ismael Schorsch Chancellor of JTS; after retiring from professional life was Arnold iron his successor.

Ismar Schorsch and his wife Sally have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.


  • From Text to Context. The Turn to History in Modern Judaism ( = The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series. Vol. 19). Brandeis University Press and others, Hanover et al, 1994, ISBN 0-87451-664-1.
  • The " cluster 7 Conservative Judaism " explained Schorsch in his work: Sacred cluster. The Core Values ​​of Conservative Judaism. The Department of Communications of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York NY 1995.
  • Numerous publication named the Leo Baeck Institute, including: Rabbi Emil Schorsch. In: Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly. Vol 44, 1982, ZDB - ID 964005-8, pp. 164-168.