On Sunday June 25, 2017
  • 9am-1pm at Kevah: 2095 Rose St., Suite 202, Berkeley
  • 12pm-4pm at Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
  • 4pm-8pm at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center: 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

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Sunday, June 25

11:50am PDT

Life , Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness in Jewish Law

Comparative analysis of the legal system of the United States demonstrates how the  basic human rights were formed and developed in biblical law and rabbinic Halakhah.

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Nitzhia Shaked

Nitzhia Shaked received her LL.B (Juris Doctor) degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received an LL.M degree (masters in law) from Harvard Law School. She has been a member of both the Israel and California Bar associations. Alongside her law career, Nitzhia has been engaged... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 11:50am - 12:50pm PDT
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

2:50pm PDT

LGBT Equality in Jewish and American Legal Thought

We will explore various Jewish and American legal texts to trace the evolution over time to create a more inclusive environment for our LGBT community. We will examine problematic texts in Torah and U.S. law, tracing the interpretations that led to the legalization of gay marriage and greater inclusion of the LGBT community in the broader Jewish Community. We will discuss whether similarities in the two legal traditions share a common moral world view.

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Mark Fickes

Mark Fickes is a Bay Area native. He and his husband Billy are the proud parents of two children who attend the Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, California. Mark is a trial attorney focusing on white-collar defense. He was a vice-president and board member at Contra Costa... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 2:50pm - 3:50pm PDT
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

6:50pm PDT

Thou Shalt Be a Mensch

In perhaps no other religious tradition does Law hold more central place than it does in Judaism. In their founding code, The Mishnah, the rabbis mapped out a system of laws that are meant to regulate nearly every sphere of human life. Yet of out 63 tractates there is one - Avot - that does not seem to dictate legal obligations, but simply to advise good behavior. What is the role of this exceptional volume in the larger work of the Mishnah, and what does it tell us about the relationship between Law and Ethics in Judaism?

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David Kasher

David Kasher is the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah, a Bay Area-based organization dedicated to expanding the role of Torah Study across the diverse spectrum of the American Jewish community. He was raised in Oakland, went to college at Wesleyan University and, after several years... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 6:50pm - 7:50pm PDT
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto