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Jewish views on Stand Your Ground

Speakers include Rochelle A. Reback Speakers include Rochelle A. Reback The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict has reverberated around the nation, and though the court case has ended, the debate over Florida’s Stand Your Ground law rages on.

At Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, the public is welcome to attend a series of three presentations on Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. that will explore the law and its ramifications for the Jewish community, as well as the Tampa Bay area community at large.

On Sept. 19, guest teacher Dr. H. Roy Kaplan, University of South Florida professor in the department of African Studies, will speak on “Race or the Myth of Race: Is There Such a Thing as Racial Profiling?” Kaplan served as executive director of the Tampa Bay Region National Conference of Christians and Jews (now the National Council for Community and Justice) from 1989-2004, before joining the USF faculty.

Dr. H. Roy Kaplan Dr. H. Roy Kaplan Veteran criminal defense attorney Rochelle A. Reback, a member of Schaarai Zedek, will present

“The Stand Your Ground Law: A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Case” on Sept. 26. Reback has practiced criminal defense law in the Bay area for 30 years. She has assisted the U.S. Sentencing Commission on sentencing matters.

On Oct. 3, Schaarai Zedek’s spiritual leaders, Rabbi Richard Birnholz and Rabbi Joel Simon, will present “The Stand Your Ground Law in the Light of Jewish Law: A Liberal and Conservative Point of View”

All three presentations will be held at the temple, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. Though the programs are free, reservations are requested. To RSVP, call the temple at (813) 876-2377 or email

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