800 attorneys and judges at Jewish law symposium
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800 attorneys and judges at Jewish law symposium

Rabbi Shalom Lubin, left, with Warren Usatine, Christine Amalfe, and Hon. Rachel Freier.Courtesy Rabbinical  (College of America)
Rabbi Shalom Lubin, left, with Warren Usatine, Christine Amalfe, and Hon. Rachel Freier.Courtesy Rabbinical (College of America)

More than 800 attorneys and judges from northern New Jersey participated in the 15th annual Jewish Law Symposium, held on October 4. It was live at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany and also available online. It featured a panel discussion, “Balancing Professional and Personal Life — Ethical Lessons from a year like no other.”

Rachel Freier, who is chasidic and a judge in the New York City Criminal Court, and Rabbi Shalom Lubin of Chabad of SE Morris County, the founder of the Jewish Law Symposium, moderated a panel discussion featuring Christine A. Amalfe Esq., chair of the labor and employment division at Gibbons; Warren A. Usatine, a co-managing partner at Cole Schotz; and Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, a fellow at Harvard Law School.

“The laws and ethics of the Talmud have served as a cornerstone of humanity’s civil and moral infrastructure, while shaping its legal judicial systems,” Rabbi Lubin said. “Working from home during the pandemic has created all sorts of challenges and opportunities in the quest to balance professional and personal lives, and it was very exciting to explore this topic through the lens of the Talmud and 2,000 years of Jewish ethics and wisdom.”

“I find this program to be intellectually stimulating and fascinating; I love attending every year,” Cary B. Cheifetz of Ceconi & Cheifetz, who chaired the panel, said. “If you come to the Jewish Law Symposium, you will walk away with a body of knowledge you will never forget.”

Over the last 15 years, the symposium has become a premier educational event in the New Jersey legal community. Past panelists include Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, NJ Supreme Court Justices Barry T. Albin, Gary S. Stein, and Virginia Long; RWJBarnabas Health CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky, and John J. Farmer, a former dean at the law school at Rutgers.

The Jewish Law Symposium is a project of Rabbinical College of America. For more information, go to chabadcares.com or call (973) 377-0707.

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