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Court Cases:
Was There Prejudice?
Myrna Goldberger
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Court cases arouse emotions. They arouse even more emotion if they involve Jews because of the diversity of the participants, the variety of crimes committed and consequences that have affected not only legislation but also historical perspectives and developments. These lectures analyze and interpret select court cases in order to answer certain questions: Did the fact that the people involved were Jews influence the court proceedings and the final verdict? How did the attitudes, culture and social parameters of the times play a role in how these cases were tried and judged? Would these cases have the same result in the 21st century? What might be the opinion of the media today?  We will concentrate on the haste and bias of the Leo Frank case, the social pressure of the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the tragedy and ultimate result of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory story and the psychological indicators of the Leopold Loeb trial. Included in the lectures will be cases where rabbis were the perpetrators and where lesser-known mobsters faced a court for final reckoning. Visuals and images will be used to enhance each presentation and testimonial excerpts will be added for clarification.

1. The Leo Frank Case
2. The Story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
3. The Leopold and Loeb Case
4. The Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Case
5. The Trial of Rabbi Melvin Teitelbaum: The Case of Rabbi Ephraim Goldberg
6. The Case of Rabbi Fred Neulander; The Case of Rabbi Barry Freundel
7. Cases Involving Jewish Children as Victims: Esther Lebowitz, Chris Rosenberg, Boris Mayfeld
8. The Mobsters: Case of Abner "Longy" Zwillman; Story of Abe "Kid Twist" Reles
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Myrna has been the recipient of previous LLS awards.  

Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Thursdays, January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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