September 14, 2017
The McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series kicked-off Sept. 14 at noon with Rabbi Uri Regev presenting "Does Israel Meet the Challenge of Being Both a Jewish and Democratic State?"
Rabbi Regev is an internationally renowned leader and advocate of religious liberty and the liberal movements of Judaism in his native Israel and around the world. He serves as the President and CEO of an educational and advocacy Israel-Diaspora partnership, "Freedom Of Religion for Israel" and of its Israeli counterpart, "Hiddush - For Religious Freedom and Equality", which he founded in 2009.
Rabbi Regev, who is a long time legal advocate for religious freedom and equality in the Israeli Supreme Court and the court of public opinion, presented a few examples of the clash between religion and state in Israel, such as such as Who is a Jew and the Right to Marry. He pointed to landmark Supreme Court rulings and the gap between the principles set out in Israel's Declaration of Independence, current governmental policies and public opinion.
The event was co-sponsored by the McGeorge Global Center and the Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA).
The next McGeorge Distinguished Speaker event is Nov. 7 with Justice Richard Fybel presenting "When Mass Murder, Theft, and Violation of Civil Liberties were "Legal": The Nazi Legal System, 1933-1945," from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Classroom B. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.