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Kaplan Minyan

Saturday, June 3, 2017 • 9 Sivan 5777

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Next Kaplan Minyan: Steve Ellmann to Speak on South African Chief Justice and His Opposition to Apartheid at Bnai Keshet Kaplan Minyan  

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30 am in Red Gables

Steve Ellmann will speak about South Africa’s late Chief Justice, Arthur Chaskalson, and what role his Jewishness may have played in his opposition to apartheid at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday morning, June 3. The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins at 10:30 a.m. with selected songs and readings.

Ellmann is the Martin Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he has taught since 1992. In addition to writing and teaching about lawyers’ ethics and practical lawyering skills here in the US, he has been studying and writing about South African law since the late 1980s, before the fall of apartheid. Ellmann taught with Chaskalson in 1987 at Columbia Law School and visited him in South Africa in 1988. After Chaskalson’s death in 2012, the family invited Ellmann write his biography, to be titled, For Justice: The Life of Arthur Chaskalson.

Ellmann’s topic for the Kaplan Minyan is the role of Jewishness in Chaskalson’s lifetime opposition to apartheid: “Did he act as he did because he was Jewish, despite the fact that he was Jewish or for reasons that simply had nothing to do with Jewishness? How did he fit into the larger South African (and world) Jewish community?”


The Bnai Keshet Kaplan Minyans are named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan, who sought to create a Jewish framework for discussions of ethics, culture, history and current events. They are designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and want to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in an alternative, less traditional setting.

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