Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Lindsay Cameron, 215-887-8700,


Join Keneseth Israel for a Special Shabbat Evening Service with Guest Speaker, Paul Finkelman, “The Writing and Rewriting of the Second Amendment”

On Friday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m., Dr. Paul Finkelman, the new president of Gratz College, explains the origin and purpose of the Second Amendment. Based on primary documents, Finkelman demonstrates that James Madison (who drafted the Amendment) was responding to fears by some Americans that the new national government would abolish state militias. Finkelman argues that the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment jurisprudence is based on inaccurate history and misleading sources, which do not reflect the intentions of those who wrote the Amendment or the first 210 years of the history of that Amendment.

Dr. Finkelman is a historian and former law professor who has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in four cases, including one involving firearms regulation.


May 14, 2018

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