Unity Within Diversity

— Scholar to Discuss Theories of Law in Conservative Judaism —

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

February 13, 2007, New York, NY

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and one of the country's leading scholars in Conservative Jewish law, will discuss "Unity Within Diversity: Theories of Law in Conservative Judaism," at The Jewish Theological Seminary's Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City.

The program is being sponsored by JTS together with the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the Rabbinical Assembly, and Touro Law Center. One hour of New York State CLE Professional Practice Credit (transitional and non–transitional) is available through Touro Law Center. The annual fall and spring Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide an opportunity for distinguished academic, religious, and other public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public–at–large.

Rabbi Dorff is Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy at the University of Judaism, where he has directed the rabbinical and master's degree programs for more than thirty years. He also teaches a course on Jewish law at UCLA School of Law as a Visiting Professor. Rabbi Dorff was ordained at JTS in 1970 and earned his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University in 1971.

Rabbi Dorff's publications include more than 150 articles on Jewish thought, law, and ethics. He is the author of twelve books, including: The Unfolding Tradition: Jewish Law After Sinai, Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendents; and To Do the Right and the Good: A Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics, winner of the 2003 National Jewish Book Award in Contemporary Jewish Life.

Rabbi Dorff is Vice–Chair of the Conservative Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, and served on the editorial committee of Etz Hayim, the Torah commentary for the Conservative Movement. He has chaired the Jewish Law Association and has testified from the perspective of Jewish tradition on the subjects of human cloning and stem–cell research before the President's National Bioethics Advisory Commission. He was awarded the Journal of Law and Religion's Lifetime Achievement Award. In Los Angeles, he is President of Jewish Family Service, and a member of the Institutional Review Board of Midway Hospital, the Ethics Committee at the Jewish Homes for the Aging, and UCLA Medical Center. He is co–chairman of the "Priest–Rabbi Dialogue" sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

Advance reservations are necessary and valid photo identification is required for admission. For more information and to register, please call the JTS Department of Public Events at (212) 280–6093 or email. Information regarding CLE credit is available by contacting the Touro Law Center at (631) 761–7005 or www.tourolaw.edu/cle.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953; or email.

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