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Secluded Orthodox Jews, Amish explored in April 26 Snowden Lecture

Benyamin Neuberger speaks on ultra-religious communities at Young Center

Snowden Lecture at Young CenterHaredim, a group of devout, orthodox Jews, who are theologically, socially and politically conservative, will be discussed by Snowden Lecturer Benyamin Neuberger at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Bucher Meetinghouse at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

Haredim, sometimes referred to as ultra-orthodox, use the Torah's written and oral law to determine every aspect of their life. Neuberger, professor of political science and African studies at the Open University of Israel, will explore the highly religious Haredim and Amish communities in Israel and the U.S. and will compare their basic attitudes toward the state, its political system, government, laws and judiciary.

Neuberger has published widely on nationalism and ethnicity. He was named the Snowden Fellow for 2010, but was unable to fulfill his appointment until this spring. The Snowden fellowship and lecture are endowed by Lucille Snowden in memory of C. Armon Snowden. The lecture,  is free and open to the public. Contact: the Young Center at 717-361-1470.

An internationally recognized scholarly research institute, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College conducts and promotes research about Anabaptism and Pietism and interprets the life, faith and culture of Anabaptists and Pietists through public lectures, exhibits and conferences. For more information about the Young Center, please visit

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