Pa. Judges Talk Anti-Semitism, Israel and Their Own Jewish Identities

Fellow members:

Please take a minute to read this excellent article providing a perspective
from the Appellate Bench on the meaning of being Jewish to these jurists,
most of whom are also members of the Brandeis Law Society. It is
interesting to hear how their Jewish identities have shaped their views and
their decision-making.


Jennifer Coatsworth

Jews have played storied roles in Pennsylvania jurisprudence, going back to 1822 when Moses Levy took the bench as the presiding judge of the district court for the city and county of Philadelphia. Levy also happened to be the first Jew to qualify as a lawyer in the United States.

Flash forward almost 200 years, and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts are now well-represented by Jewish jurists. This article speaks with four of the commonwealth’s Superior Court judges and one Supreme Court justice to learn about the role Judaism plays in their lives and their work…

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