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Dr. David Dalin will examine the lives, legal careers, and Jewish legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. They are Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur J. Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.
Special attention will be given to the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Attention will also be given to the anti-semitism encountered by some of the justices during their legal careers and to the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession.
Dr. David Dalin, rabbi and historian, is the author, co-author or editor of twelve books including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience (co-authored with Jonathan D. Sarna) and The Presidents of the United States and the Jews. His most recent book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, was a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.
This program is a segue to the Illinois Holocaust's Museum Tour of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg exhibit which was presented on December 21.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series.