Dates: Oct. 14, 21 and Nov. 4, 11 and 18
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
The Supreme Court - for better and for worse - has usually served as a barometer for the nation's social and political health. In this class, we will discuss, compare and contrast, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The class will also examine the relationship between the justices' Jewish heritage and their judicial philosophy. While most of us are familiar with Justice Ginsburg's fight for women's rights and the constitutional rights of minorities, we will also explore the influence of the other justices' Jewishness and how their status as outsiders impacted their view of the law as an instrument for social change. By the end of our class, we hope you will have a greater understanding of the role of religion in public life and how Judaism has impacted - or not - the way the Jewish justices have viewed the law.
This class is inspired by the recent book by the legal historian David Dalin, and we recommend you read and purchase the book before enrolling.
We still have not determined whether it will be on Zoom or in-person. If you plan to attend the class only if it is held on Zoom, please let us know.