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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with Dr. David Dalin
Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.
David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles.
“I thought I knew a lot about the Supreme Court’s eight Jewish justices, since I have known six of them personally. But I learned so much more from David Dalin's brilliant and readable account of their very different lives and connections to their Jewish heritage. A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American or legal history.”
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law
Sunday, April 15
|Apr 15||1:30 PM–3:00 PM||Sun||Jewish Community Library||David Dalin|
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.
Dr. David G. Dalin, an ordained rabbi and widely published scholar of American Jewish history, is the author or co-author of 11 books. His latest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan (Brandeis University Press), is a National Jewish Book Award finalist and the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or currently serve on the United States Supreme Court. Dr. David Dalin has taught Jewish studies at several universities, and has served as a visiting professor at George Washington University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has also served as the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University. A well-known lecturer, he has been a featured speaker or a scholar-in-residence at universities, synagogues and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States and in Europe and Israel.