JTS Presents "The Stranger at Our Gates"—Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary America

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
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March 21, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host "The Stranger at Our Gates": Jewish Perspectives on Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary America at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012. A Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture, the program will take place at JTS's campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. The event is cosponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, and the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP online at www.jtsa.edu/stranger or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.

Globalization has led to increased mobility and collaboration. However, with the economic downturn, globalization has also increased disparities in access to public services-such as health care and education-among segments of the U.S. population. Cases being heard this spring by the U.S. Supreme Court on immigration and on the health-care system reflect the timely and critical nature of this issue.

What are some of the moral and ethical principles underlying policy decisions and public debate in this area? What principles inform, or should inform, the criteria for membership and access in society? How does Judaism speak to the obligations of a modern democratic society toward those living within it?

These and other relevant subjects will be discussed by the following panelists:

Rabbi Saul J. Berman, JD, is associate professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, and adjunct professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law. He was an inaugural fellow of the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University Law School.

Suzanne Last Stone, JD, is University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, professor of Law, and director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish thought, legal theory, and the humanities.

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky is Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at JTS. He is the Louis Stein Director of JTS's Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, which develops programs on public policy, and is the director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS.

Rabbi Justus Baird, moderator, is director of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He oversees national and international cross-faith programming that strives to prepare religious leaders for a religiously diverse world.

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large.

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