Crime and Consequence

whichever side of the “smart on crime” vs “tough on crime” debate you’re on, this course is for you.

In Crime and Consequence, we explore 3000 years of Jewish wisdom concerning criminal convictions, sentencing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation. We challenge our thinking, pondering the application of Talmudic principles to real and complex, modern-day cases...


...innocent people are wrongly convicted...

...“correctional facilities” turn first-time offenders into hardened criminals...

...the wrong person is put to death...

...fairness in justice simply cannot be left to chance.

In today’s system, police could show up at your doorstep and imprison you (or worse) for a crime you never committed.
You’re thinking...
that will never happen to me.

Since 1989 over 20,265 YEARS were lost from the lives of 2,292 PEOPLE in the U.S. who were later exonerated because of either a mistaken witness, a false accusation, a false confession, bad evidence, or official misconduct.*
*National Registry of Exonerations, Oct. 21, 2018



...very few violent crimes end up with a conviction …

...victims are too afraid of retribution to press charges …

...when known murderers walk free on a technicality …

...fairness in justice simply cannot be left to chance.

The next crime in your neighborhood will likely be perpetrated by a known criminal who was just recently released from jail.
You’re thinking...
They would never let that happen..

95% of all prisoners will be released at some point, 7 out of 10 of whom will almost certainly be arrested for another crime within 3 years.**
**Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center, 2003

Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski
Rabbi Moshe Bryski has served as the Executive Director of Chabad of the Conejo for the past thirty years. Highlighting his achievements is the founding and directing of the Conejo Jewish Academy – a unique adult education institute that has served as a model for dozens of other communities from throughout the world. He and his wife Matty are the spiritual leaders of Chabad of Agoura Hills and have been blessed with eight children and seven grandchildren.

Crime and Consequence

A Jewish Exploration of Conviction, Sentencing, and Criminal Rehabilitation

6 Wednesdays,
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
8:00 p.m.

Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

The Academy – Center for Jewish Life

$50.00 per person
$75.00 per couple

(includes textbook)

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