Throughout the centennial year, special events will be held both on campus and in other locations. Annual events like the Dinner of Tribute and Commencement will also feature special centennial programming. Please continue to check this page; in the weeks and months to come registration pages and new events will be added to this list.
Mon08May20177:30 pmRiverdale Jewish Center, 3700 Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10463
Centennial Lecture Series: Dr. Michael (Avi) Helfand (’97)
Religious Liberty in Crisis: How Should the Jewish Community Respond” by Dr. Michael (Avi) Helfand (’97).
Dr. Michael (Avi) Helfand '97 is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how the state treats religious law, custom and practice. He is currently an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and associate director of Pepperdine University’s Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies.
His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the New York University Law Review. Professor Helfand also often provides commentary on clashes between law and religion, writing for various general audience publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Forward, and has provided legal commentary for various news outlets, including the New York Times, PBS, and Huffington Post.
In addition to his academic work, Professor Helfand is a board member of the Beth Din of America, where he also has served as an arbitrator and consultant on the enforceability of rabbinical arbitration agreements and awards in U.S. courts.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine Law faculty, Professor Helfand was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Helfand clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his JD from Yale Law School, PhD in Political Science from Yale University and BA from Yeshiva University.
The Centennial Lecture Series provides interesting lectures by proud graduates of Yeshiva University High School for Boys.