Aaron Alweis and Richard Lewis to speak at June 9 Beth David luncheon

By: Dora E. Polachek

Beth David’s final luncheon program of the season will take place on Saturday, June 9. Aaron Alweis and Richard Lewis will discuss “The Torah and American Law: Perspectives on Capital Punishment.”
“We are delighted to have two experts speaking on a subject that was central in biblical times, and continues to be a hot topic of discussion to this day,” organizers say. “Both are excellent speakers, making for a strong way to end our current season of the Second Saturday of the Month Beth David Luncheon Speaker program.”
Alweis and Lewis will discuss what the Torah has to say about the death penalty and will compare it with the textual foundations for capital punishment in the United States Constitution. What does each set of laws have to say about the imposition, structure and use of capital punishment? What kinds of interpretative debates have been raised in each sphere? “Judicial attitudes toward taking another’s life have always been provocative,” organizers say, “and Aaron and Dick’s presentation will certainly make for a lively event!”
Since 1986, Alweis has been a senior court reporter with the New York State Unified Court System. He is a registered professional reporter, certified realtime reporter and a certified realtime captioner in the National Court Reporters Association. An active member of the Jewish community, he is a former president of Hillel Academy of Broome County, and is currently second vice president, gabbai and chairman of the Ritual Committee at Beth David Synagogue.
Lewis is an attorney at Hinman, Howard and Kattell. He has served as past president of the Broome County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice law in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Currently, he is vice president for the Sixth Judicial District for the New York State Bar Association. He has been a member of the Binghamton Jewish community for more than 40 years, and was a past president of Temple Israel and of Hillel Academy of Broome County. He serves on many community-related organizations and is also on the board of The Reporter.
Beth David’s luncheon speaker series takes place the second Saturday of the month after Shabbat morning services and is open to the community. There is no charge for the luncheon. Since the monthly series’ continuation depends on the generosity of contributors, Beth David welcomes and appreciates donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Those wishing an acknowledgment to be sent to the person being honored or to the family of someone being remembered can indicate that, along with the necessary information. Donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905, Attention: Luncheon Fund.