Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies

Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies

Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies (LFI) has worked on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. LFI has led numerous academic conferences, public events, and symposia on topics relevant to an engaged citizenry. LFI advances dialogue on the place of religion in general-and Judaism in particular-in public life. It seeks to discern the wisdom of the Jewish tradition and apply it to the perplexing problems of our day. Its areas of activity include religion, public affairs, cross-cultural dialogue, and bioethics.

Conference and lecture topics in past years have included:

  • Current trends in the "restorative justice" movement
  • The Syrian refugee crisis
  • Issues in bioethics: "Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Their Risks"
  • "The Changing Face of The American Jewish Family"

For more information, contact LFI's director, Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, at buvisotzky@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8989.