SCW Friday at Emanuel
guest in the pulpit:
Judge Jack B. Weinstein
Topic: A Summing Up: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in the United States during my 96 Years
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:30pm
Jack B. Weinstein is a United States federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. For 50 years, Jack B. Weinstein has championed an independent judiciary. As a federal district judge (and later chief judge) he has written, lectured, and testified about the importance of fostering strong, free-thinking jurists in the U.S. courts; as a senior judge he continued to go his own way, refusing to hear drug cases because he disagreed with federal sentencing guidelines. (He has written that the strict sentences imposed in drug cases often do not fit the crime...and have not proven to be an appropriate or effective deterrent.) One of the few judges to have completed 50 years serving the bench, he has no plans to retire anytime soon. “An occasional nap” during the day and a refreshing view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the 14th floor window of his office chamber help keep the energy alive, he said, in a recent New York Law Journal profile. In a 2013 profile, former Eastern District Judge, John Gleeson, said: “Imagine a colleague who in busy times when everyone’s work backs up, says ‘Send me all your backed-up work’ and then does it, asking nothing in return.” Most recently, according to Alan Feuer writing in the New York Times (Aug. 24, 2017), Judge Weinstein “issued a court rule urging a more visible and substantive role for young female lawyers working on cases he is hearing.” Judge Weinstein commented that he had been influenced by the findings in a report “that showed…women were the lead lawyers about 25 percent of the time at trials and court hearings across New York State last year.” The new rule was well-received by New York’s female lawyers.
Judge Weinstein, known for his handwritten notes and heartfelt holiday wishes, said, “Judging is an art, not a science. I have to see the real people, the real scenes and feel the problem in my bones.” He once put it simply: “A judge should be concerned about the dignity and welfare of every person that appears in court.”
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Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane.
Admission is Free. Call 516.482.5701 for information.
A Musical Prelude to the Season of New Beginnings
preceded by Dessert Reception at 7:00pm
Service of Selihot
All members of the community are invited to attend. Admission is Free
September 16, 2017 at 8:00pm
The officers and members of the board of Temple Emanuel of Great Neck cordially invite the congregation and community to attend its Selihot Service with Music on Saturday evening, September 16 (2017). The event will begin in the synagogue ballroom at 7:00 p.m. with a festive dessert reception. Then, at approximately 8:00 p.m., members and guests will move into the sanctuary for the Selihot Service conducted by Rabbi Robert S. Widom, Rabbi Ronnie Kehati, Rabbi Charles Agin and Cantor Bernard Fitch with music by the cantorial soloists of the Emanuel Choir, ensemble playing and accompaniment by violin, flute and cello under the musical direction of Herbert Bradensten, organist and pianist. At the conclusion of the service there will be a coffee hour.
Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane.
Admission is Free. RSVP - 516.482.5701
Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts
CARL BERNSTEIN and MICHAEL STEELE
moderated by ERROL LOUIS
October 22, 2017 at 3:00PM
Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For 40 years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story in The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years–the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Bernstein addresses the increasing dysfunction of America’s governmental institutions and its devolving political-media culture. • Michael Steele is a political analyst for MSNBC. He has been a contributor on the Fox News Channel and a regular host for the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele has appeared on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Most recently, Michael Steele served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (2009 – 2011). He earned a place in history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, becoming the first African American elected to statewide office in the state. An expert on political strategy and election reform, he served as Chairman of GOPAC (2007-2009), and also held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform. Michael Steele is President and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he formed in 1999 to design business strategies. • Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, where he hosts Inside City Hall, a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics, on which he interviews top political and cultural leaders. Louis also is a CNN Contributor, providing on-air commentary on key events from presidential primaries to Election Night. He writes frequently for CNN.com.
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