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Continuing Legal Education

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This program was cancelled.

Thursday, December 8, 2022
10:00 am - 12:15 pm ET
Online and in-person

Gratz College
7605 Old York Road

1 substantive  / 1 ethics
$36/credit hour
Auditors attend both for $25

All online CLE participants must keep cameras on.

Join us as we offer two CLE courses on fascinating and timely constitutional topics:

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Chabad Menorahs and the American Public Square
Dr. Zev Eleff
In the 1970s, Americans of all types noticed the appearance of "Chabad Menorahs" in public spaces throughout the United States. The Jewish Hasidic (sometimes called Lubavitch) group had launched a campaign to furnish and mount large, multipronged candelabras to increase awareness of the Hanukkah festival during America's busy wintertime holiday season. While the Christian Right supported the placement of Christmas trees in the public square and welcomed the Jewish contribution to its cause, liberal leaders associated with the American Civil Liberties Union and most Jewish groups opposed Chabad’s seasonal initiative. They argued that Menorahs were a religious item and therefore violated the “Establishment Clause” canonized in the First Amendment. Moreover, Jewish groups explained that Chabad had threatened the very tenet of American life that had made the Jewish experience in the United States so “exceptional,” compared to life in Europe—namely, Church-State separation. Ensuing legal battles in the 1980s raised the matter to the Supreme Court. All told, the episode shines a light on the dynamics of American Jewish life and how its various stakeholders found partners and parallels to influence the wider American faith community.   

11:00 - 11:15 am
Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
A Legal Analysis of the YU Pride Litigation: What Are the Issues and Who Might Win?
Michael J. Broyde
Berman Projects Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law

Yeshiva University is currently in ligation over whether it must host a YU Pride club that it feels is contrary to the religious values of the institution.  This CLE will examine this litigation to explain the issues and ponder the various possible resolutions.

Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory University School of Law, the director of the SJD Program, and Berman Projects Director at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is also a core faculty member at the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies at Emory. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, family law, and comparative religious law. Read More.

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More information: Mindy Cohen, 215-635-7300 x155, mcohen@gratz.edu 

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