Jewish National Fund

Blacks and Jews In Conversation

Five years ago, "Blacks and Jews in Conversation" was organized by judges to promote ages and backgrounds in state courts, universities, schools and clubs - initially in New York City and then across the nation. Following the success in December, 1997 of the first federally sponsored judicial/student dialogue, hosted by Chief Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the United States on Tuesday, March 24, 1998 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the United States District Courthouse in the Eastern District of New York located at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn, New York. "Not Just Blacks and Jews in Conversation" has grown exponentially to represent judges of all backgrounds.

Chief Judge Charles P. Sifton and United States Attorney Zachary W. Carter, both of the Eastern District of New York, will host this second, federal judicial/student dialogue. "Not Just Blacks and Jews in Conversation", in conjunction with The New York City Board of Education, will assemble some 300 high school students, primarily from the Borough of Brooklyn. Representatives are expected from Lincoln, Bed-Stuy Outreach, Brooklyn Tech, Murrow, Fort Hamilton, F.D.R., Wingate, H.S. for Legal Studies, Madison, Dewey, John Jay, Metropolitan Corp., Pacific, Tilden, Sheepshead Bay and South Shore high schools.

These students, representing a spectrum of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, will exchange ideas and views with the hosts and a distinguished panel of federal and state judges and lawyers including, among others, Federal District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, New York State Justice William Thompson, Sr. of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and William Thompson Jr., President of the New York City Board of Education.


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