Dr. David Dalin, Rabbi, Scholar, Author & Speaker

Rabbi David Dalin

Dr. David Dalin, an ordained rabbi and widely published scholar of American Jewish history, is the author or co-author of 11 books. David Dalin’s latest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan, is available now from Brandeis University Press. This book is the first history of the eight men and women who have served or currently serve on the United States Supreme Court. Dr. David Dalin has taught Jewish studies at several universities, and has served as a visiting professor at George Washington University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has also served as the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University. A well-known lecturer, he has been a featured speaker or a scholar-in-residence at universities, synagogues and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States and in Europe and Israel.



Rabbi and historian David Dalin discusses the contributions of the first three Jewish Supreme Court Justices — Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Felix Frankfurter — profiled in his book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court. With Mark S. Golub on the Jewish Broadcasting Service’s L’chayim program.


  Dr. David Dalin - Jewish Supreme Court Justices

“I thought I knew a lot about the Supreme Court’s eight Jewish justices, since I have known six of them personally. But I learned so much more from David Dalin’s brilliant and readable account of their very different lives and connections to their Jewish heritage. A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American or legal history.” Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law


Dr. David Dalin's new book is now available on Amazon.

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and Jewish legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.

David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them and examines the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism played in their attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles.


April 25, 2017 | Book Signing - The Commonwealth Club of California: San Francisco

April 27, 2017 | Book Signing - Book Passage
Northern California
(In conversation with San Francisco radio talk show host and author John Rothmann)

May 4, 2017 | Book Signing - The National Archives
Washington, D.C.
(In conversation with Seth Waxman, prominent Washington attorney and former U.S. Solicitor General)

May 16, 2017 | Book Signing - The Jewish Theological Seminary
New York City
(In conversation with Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Assoc. Professor of American Jewish History)

May 17, 2017 | Book Signing - The Center for Jewish History
New York City
(In conversation with Dr. Pamela Nadel, American University and President of the Association of Jewish Studies)


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