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Six Session Course: Criminal Justice
January 30 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 9, 2019
Thanks to DNA testing, over 2,300 people in the U.S. have recently been exonerated, after already sitting a collective 20,000+ years in prison for crimes they never committed!
Yes, that may seem like a small percentage compared to the total population, but can you imagine how you would feel if it happened to you?
This is why we invite you to join us for a thrilling new JLI course called Crime and Consequence, where we discuss real, difficult-to-solve, modern cases and explore fascinating Jewish perspectives from 3000 years of Talmudic wisdom, in an effort to discover a more fair and balanced approach to improve our criminal justice system.
We explore questions such as:
• What is the goal of punishing criminals? Is it to gain retribution for the victim, to keep criminals off the streets and safeguard from future crime, to set an example and instill the fear of breaking the law, or to rehabilitate the criminal and reintroduce him to society?
• Should we consider plea deals and testimonies, given in exchange for a reduced sentence, as reliable evidence?
• Is life-without-parole a justifiable penalty? Is it within our right to sentence a man to death? When would these be warranted? Is there a better way?
We also look closer to home, to acquaintances, friends, and family who may have committed a crime in their past:
• Is there a path for them to regain our trust and start anew?
• Are they forever condemned to be ousted from society and the workplace because they carry the dreaded title “criminal”?
• At what point should we forgive them? And what can they do to earn our forgiveness?
Does this seem of interest to you?
If so, please join us for six Wednesdays at 7:30-9 PM beginning January 30th, for a somewhat devastating and infuriating but thoroughly astonishing experience!
To be clear, we won’t be taking sides on the politically-charged “tough on crime” vs. “smart on crime” debate. Instead, we’ll look to Judaism’s 3000-year-old wisdom of the ages for insight and a voice of reason and compassion, to help us navigate and solve these complex and infuriating injustices.
So, if you’re eager to discover and recover the humanity within criminals, eliminate unethical and unfair practices from our system, and find ways to prevent crime from ever taking place, please take two moments to: 1) register for the course using the event link and 2) invite your friends and family to join you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rabbi Mendy at rabbi@jewishlincolnpark.
P.S. Not sure you’re ready to commit? No problem! Try out one session absolutely free of charge and with no obligation to continue.