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.

The institute initiates 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"
  • "Alan Alda Interviews Letty Cottin Pogrebin About Navigating the Challenges of Friendship Through Illness, Grief, and Sickness of Heart"
  • The new Jewish family

Consult the LFI website for information on upcoming events.

Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute: Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies
Contact: buvisotzky@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8989