Dalin to Speak at Senior University and JCRC Event

Rabbi Dr. David Dalin, a widely-published scholar of American Jewish history, is coming to Louisville for two programs on Thursday, April 14. That day he will deliver the keynote address, “Louis D. Brandeis: The First Supreme Court Justice,” at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m., he will speak at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s event about American presidents, from Lincoln to Obama and their relations with the Jews.

Senior University is a daylong annual program that, in addition to the keynote address, includes a wide variety of workshops, breakfast, lunch and dessert for just $12. It is a program of The Temple and takes place in their building. Reservations are requested at 502-423-1818.

The JCRC event will take place in the Patio Gallery at the J. It is free and open to the public. RSVP to Development Director Matt Goldberg, mgoldberg@jewishlouisville.org, by Tuesday, April 12.

Rabbi Dr. David Dalin is currently a professor of history at Ave Maria University, a Catholic institution in Southwest Florida, and he has been a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and George Washington University, and the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Dalin worked as the assistant director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in San Francisco. He now serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County (Florida) Region of the American Jewish Committee.

Dr. Dalin received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He also received his rabbinic ordination and a second M.A., from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dalin is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience (co-authored with Professor Jonathan D. Sarna of Brandeis University) and The Presidents of the United States and the Jews. He is now completing a forthcoming book, The Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan – Their Lives and Legacies, that is scheduled for publication by the Brandeis University Press.

Dr. Dalin’s numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including American Jewish History, Commentary, Modern Judaism, the Weekly Standard and the American Jewish Year Book.
Dr. Dalin has lectured extensively on American Jewish history and politics, the Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, Jewish-Christian Relations, and contemporary Jewish affairs.

Dr. Dalin’s events in Louisville are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and The Temple.

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Editor’s note: Some of the information for this article comes from Dr. Dalin’s official biography.

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