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Torah Jews & American Conservatism

A Tikvah Institute for Yeshiva Men | New York City | August 14-August 18, 2017 / 22 Av-26 Av, 5777


Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

Loyola Law School/Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is a senior staff member at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish advocacy group and international NGO. He holds the Sydney M. Irmas Adjunct Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  He is a frequent spokesperson for Torah Judaism in the secular media, and writes prolifically for a wide spectrum of Orthodox Jews and the American public.  He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, several legal publications, and the spectrum of Jewish media. He is on the editorial boards of Jewish Action (OU) and Klal Perspectives. He founded and writes for the popular Cross-Currents blog. He has published seforim on the Maharal’s Be’er HaGolah, and the Slonimer Rebbe’s Nesivos Shalom.

Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky

Yeshiva of Greater Washington–Tiferes Gedaliah

Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky is the Rosh HaYeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington – Tiferes Gedaliah, accepting the position in July of 2014. He studied and received rabbinic ordination from the Mir Yeshiva of Jerusalem. In Israel, Rabbi Lopiansky taught at Aish HaTorah from 1983-1990, and then taught at the Mir for five years before assuming the post of Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Gedolah of YGW in 1995. He was extremely active in the cause of Soviet Jewry, travelling to the Soviet Union on numerous occasions, and serving on resettlement organizations in Israel that assisted Soviet refuseniks in acclimating to Israeli life. Rabbi Lopiansky taught in the Israeli Army’s Hishtalmut program, which seeks to broaden the perspective of the army’s officer corps by exposing them to the entire gamut of Israeli society. Rabbi Lopiansky is a prolific author, having written more than 20 works on Torah thought, liturgy, and philosophy, and lectures widely both nationally and internationally. He is a contributor to Encyclopedia Talmudis and various journals, and sits on several boards, among them the board of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Eric Cohen

The Tikvah Fund

Eric Cohen has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007.  He was the founder and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, and he serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Weekly Standard, Commentary, The New Republic, First Things, and numerous others. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things.

Yuval Levin

National Affairs

Yuval Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the editor of National Affairs magazine. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and others. He is a contributing editor of National Review and The Weekly Standard, a senior editor of EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis and, most recently, author of The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. He is a recipient of a 2013 Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement. Before joining EPPC, Mr. Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He has also been Executive Director of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a congressional staffer. He holds a B.A. from American University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Jonathan Rosenblum

Jewish Media Resources

Jonathan Rosenblum is Director of Jewish Media Resources, an organization dedicated to furthering the public’s understanding of Torah Judaism. In addition to his regular writing for venues including Yated Ne’eman, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Action, Mishpacha Magazine, and Hamodia, he serves as an English-language spokesman to foreign journalists for the Haredi Jewish community. He is a founding writer at the popular Orthodox blog Cross-Currents, and a founder of Klal Perspectives, a journal addressing the challenges faced by contemporary Orthodox communities. Jonathan has written a biography on Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, a leader of American Jewry and one of the 20th century’s most influential Torah personalities. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Yale Law School, and the Ohr Samayach yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Aaron Kotler

Beth Medrash Govoha

Rabbi Aaron Kotler is the president of the Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG), also known as the Lakewood Yeshiva. BMG has some 7,000 students and 13,000 alumni, many of whom are leaders and builders of Jewish communities worldwide. The yeshiva is the engine of growth for the community of Lakewood, N.J., helping it leap from New Jersey’s 20th largest municipality to the 7th. As Lakewood has grown, Rabbi Kotler has been active in public policy matters, serving on various boards devoted to the expansion of regional health care, transportation, housing, education, and economic development. He is the son of Rav Shneur Kotler zt"l and grandson of Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l.

Robert P. George

Princeton University

Professor George holds Princeton’s celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.

Edward Whelan

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Edward Whelan is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He directs EPPC’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. As a contributor to National Review Online’s Bench Memos blog, he has been a leading commentator on nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law. He has written essays and op-eds for leading newspapers (including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post), opinion journals, and academic symposia and law reviews. Mr. Whelan is a former law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and has served in positions of responsibility in all three branches of the federal government. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review.