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SAJE Memorial Event: Jews & Justice

October 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


JEWS & JUSTICE
SAJE MEMORIAL EVENT

Judge Philip Straniere discusses “Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court”
with author Rabbi David G. Dalin

1st Dr. Esther Grushkin SAJE
Memorial Award Honoree: Jack Stern

1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, New York 10314
VIP Cocktail Party • 5:30pm
Lecture • 7:00pm
Dessert Reception to follow
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October 12, 2018


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Dr. Esther Grushkin was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, she was 12 when she immigrated to the United States in 1958, moving to Brooklyn with her family. She moved to Willowbrook in 1970, and settled in Todt Hill in 1983.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from New York University.

 Esther taught at Forest Hills High School, Hebrew Academy, Lincoln High School, JCC of Staten Island, Touro College, College of Staten Island, and the United Federation of Teachers in Manhattan and on the Island. She frequently presented her research at the Society of Biblical Literature. Her topics were wide-ranging and included “Esther on Esther,” “The Power of Romantic Love in the Bible,” “Fear in the Hebrew Bible,” “Ancient Myths and Their Influence on Genesis,” “Did the Exodus Really Happen?” and “The Modern History of Israel Through Fiction.”

Esther also served as vice president of the Archaeological Society of Staten Island for more than a decade.

She met Jerome Grushkin near Brooklyn College, while she was a sophomore.. They talked, and danced, and began dating. He was the love of her life, and the couple had been married for 49 years at the time of her passing in October 2015.

Mrs. Grushkin was a member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, West Brighton, where she served as an executive, member of the board of trustees and was membership chair for 11 years.

Along with her husband, Jerome, she had 3 sons, Orren and his wife Patricia, Ailon and his wife Jennifer, and Daniel. The Grushkins have two lovely granddaughters Alexandra and Charlotte.

Jack Stern has practiced law on Staten Island since 1977 and is admitted to the bars of the states of New York, Florida, and New Jersey, as well as various Federal courts.

He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and graduated Brooklyn Law school at the age of 23. He has practiced law for the past 40 years.  He is a member of the Richmond County, New York State, Florida State and New Jersey State Bar Associations as well as the American Bar Association and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

He is the immediate past President of The Hillel of The College of Staten Island, having been a member of the Board for the last 12 Years and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. George Theater.  Jack has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eger Lutheran Homes and Services from 2004 to 2016, including Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Eger Foundation.

He has also served as Board Member and President of Congregation Aviv Hadash, Director of the Richmond County Bar Association as well as Director of The New Springville Little League.  Jack has recently been honored by the Richmond County Bar Association by being awarded the prestigious Richard Lasher Award for Meritorious service.

His practice is located at 1189 Forest Avenue in Staten Island with his associates, His daughter Marissa Stern and his son-in-law Garrett Fruchtman, both of whom are members of the Bars of New York and New Jersey,  His wife Randi is a para-legal at the firm as well.  Jack and Randi are married for 43 years.  In addition to their daughter Marissa, Jack and Randi are proud parents of their son, Dr. Adam Stern a Veterinarian  Pathologist at the University of Florida where he resides  with his wife Trish and their two granddaughters Hailey and Alexa.

Dr. David Dalin, Senior Research Fellow at Brandeis University, is an ordained rabbi and widely published scholar of American Jewish history. His latest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan, is a nationally-acclaimed book and was selected as a Finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

This book is the first history of the eight men and women who have served or currently serve on the United States Supreme Court. Dr. David Dalin has taught Jewish studies at several universities and has served as a visiting professor at George Washington University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dalin has also served as the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University, and as a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. A well-known lecturer, he has been a featured speaker or a scholar-in-residence at universities, synagogues and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States and in Europe and Israel.


“I thought I knew a lot about the Supreme Court’s eight Jewish justices, since I have known six of them personally. But I learned so much more from David Dalin’s brilliant and readable account of their very different lives and connections to their Jewish heritage. A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American or legal history.” 

—Alan Dershowitz,  

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School

Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

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October 28
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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bernikow JCC
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, 10314
Phone:
718.475.5200

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