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August 25

6:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner – RSVP

7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. We will be dedicating a plaque in memory of Brian Sepel. Our Shabbat Alive musicians are sponsored by Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley.

8:15 p.m. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and University Synagogue member and Dean of UC Berkeley Law School Erwin Chemerinsky will speak about their new book “Free Speech On Campus” about how to combat hate speech and authoritarianism, while upholding constitutional rights in universities and society in general. What does freedom of speech really mean and how should we deal with anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist, racist or homophobic speech that we find offensive?

Howard Gillman 2Chancellor Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor in 2014. He is an award-winning scholar, teacher and has academic appointments in the departments of law, political science and history. Prior to his appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor at UCI, Dr. Gillman was a professor of political science, history and law at USC and served as dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in political science at UCLA.


Erwin Chemerinsky 2Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a nationally-renowned professor of constitutional law and federal civil procedure, is the Dean of UC Berkeley Law School. He was the founding Dean of the UCI Law School where he also served as distinguished professor of law.  At Duke University, he was the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and professor of political science since 2004.  Previously, he was the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics & Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School for 21 years, and was director of the university’s Center for Communications Law & Policy from 2000 to 2004.  He served as a professor at DePaul College of Law from 1980-1983, and was a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, and at Dobrovir, Oakes & Gebhart in Washington, D.C. Dean Chemerinsky received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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