The Jewish Law Institute at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center offers a scholarly and intellectual framework for the academic study of the Jewish legal experience. Under the direction of Professor Samuel J. Levine, the Institute acts as a center for the study and teaching of Jewish law throughout the United States, bringing together leading scholars, teachers, and lawyers, and serving as a clearinghouse for new ideas and independent research.
The primary goal of the Jewish Law Institute is to explore the relevance of the Jewish legal tradition to American legal scholarship and legal education. Toward that goal, the Institute offers courses in Jewish law and conducts special programs of research, publications, and lectures.
Reaching out to the broader community, the Jewish Law Institute assists other universities and law schools by advising professors who wish to teach courses in Jewish Law, and providing sample syllabi. The Institute is also closely involved in developing and expanding Touro Law Center’s permanent Judaica Collection, which serves as a vital resource for Rabbis, scholars, and the community at-large, as well as the Law Center’s Mobile Judaica Collection, which is loaned to law schools across the country that wish to offer courses in Jewish law.