Close Trigger

Sub Domains

Mobile Utility

Header Holder ( No sticky)

Header Top

Header Bottom

Mobile Toggle (don't delete it )

Sticky Header

Logos

Gratz College
Gratz College
Gratz College
Gratz College

Academics Links

Landing Navigation

Breadcrumb

MAIN LINE REFORM TEMPLE & GRATZ COLLEGE present:

Constitutional Concerns: From Hanukkah Lights to Reproductive Rights

Gratz Legal banner

Sunday, December 4, 2022
9:30 am - 12:15 pm ET
Online and in-person

Main Line Reform Temple 
410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096

2 substantive credits
*All courses are free for MLRT members seeking CLE credits.
Nonmembers seeking CLE credits must pay $36/substantive credit hour.
Includes breakfast.
All online CLE participants must keep cameras on.

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

9:30 am - 10:30 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.   

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Bagel Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dobbs and Beyond
Mitchell Berman

Professor Berman will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision this past summer in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which a 6-3 majority overruled Roe v. Wade to hold that the Constitution does not protect a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.  Berman will critically assess the Court’s reasoning in Dobbs and explore what the decision augurs for the future both of legal abortion in this country and of the jurisprudence regarding unenumerated constitutional rights, including the right to same-sex marriage.

Mitchell Berman is the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he serves as Co-Director of the Institute for Law & Philosophy.  He also holds appointments as Professor of Philosophy and as Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, at the Wharton School of Business.  The winner of multiple teaching awards, Berman writes in American constitutional law and theory, general jurisprudence, criminal law theory, and the philosophy of sport.  He lives in Philadelphia’s western suburbs with his wife, their teenage daughter, two rescue dogs and a cat, and, occasionally, two college-aged sons.

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

register here

Gratz Event Calendar

December 2022
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sun, Nov 27
Mon, Nov 28
Tue, Nov 29
Wed, Nov 30
Thu, Dec 1
Fri, Dec 2
Sat, Dec 3
Sun, Dec 4
Mon, Dec 5
Tue, Dec 6
Wed, Dec 7
Thu, Dec 8
Fri, Dec 9
Sat, Dec 10
Sun, Dec 11
Mon, Dec 12
Tue, Dec 13
Wed, Dec 14
Thu, Dec 15
Fri, Dec 16
Sat, Dec 17
Sun, Dec 18
Mon, Dec 19
Tue, Dec 20
Wed, Dec 21
Thu, Dec 22
Fri, Dec 23
Sat, Dec 24
Sun, Dec 25
Mon, Dec 26
Tue, Dec 27
Wed, Dec 28
Thu, Dec 29
Fri, Dec 30
Sat, Dec 31