Sylvia Ettenberg

Sylvia Cutler Ettenberg shaped generations of Conservative Jews by helping found programs ranging from Ramah camps to the Prozdor Hebrew high school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1937 Ettenberg earned bachelor’s degrees from both Brooklyn College and JTS’s Teachers Institute. She became the registrar of JTS in 1946 and collaborated with Dean Moshe Davis the following year to create Ramah camps that would provide Jewish children with community, leadership training, and strong religious content, travelling across the country to build support for the camps. In 1951, due in large part to her efforts and the staff she recruited, the seminary opened Prozdor. After her promotion to associate dean, Ettenberg helped Dean Seymour Fox establish the Melton Research Center in 1960 to improve Jewish day school and supplementary education programs. In 1976 she became dean of educational development, supervising the Melton Research Center and developing a certification program for Jewish day school principals. She also helped develop the joint program between JTS’s List College and Columbia University, as well as the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. By the end of her career, there was no level of Jewish education in America that she had not touched in some significant way.


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Brooklyn, NY
United States

Date of Death

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