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Values, Interests, & Identity: Advocacy for Religious Liberty

Avi Helfand explores the methodologies of American Jewish advocacy around religious liberty controversies.
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Dr. Michael (Avi) Helfand is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is currently the Brenden Mann Foundation Chair in Law and Religion and Co-Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law as well as Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. Avi received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Political Science

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What makes Jewish advocacy, Jewish?
In this two-part elective on Navigating Values, Interests, and Identity: American Jewish Advocacy for Religious Liberty Avi Helfand explores the methodologies of American Jewish advocacy through the prism of Jewish institutional interventions around religious liberty controversies. In an age of culture wars and crisis, how do—and should—Jewish institutions articulate, balance and source religious liberty advocacy, especially as claims for religious liberty clash with other deeply held social values?

This program was recorded during our two-week symposium on Judaism, Citizenship & Democracy in October 2020.


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