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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with Dr. David Dalin

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

Jewish Justices of the Supreme CourtJewish 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.” 

—Alan Dershowitz
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law


# Sessions
Date & time

Monday, April 16
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Mosaic Law Congregation David Dalin


Mosaic Law Congregation

2300 Sierra Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95825



David Dalin

David DalinDr. 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.