Cleveland-Marshall will host "The People vs. The Maccabees," a dramatic mock trial and panel discussion, presented by Kol HaLev, Cleveland's Reconstructionist Jewish Community. Distinguished members of Cleveland's legal community will argue and preside over a theatrical mock trial and interfaith panel discussion. The event features a cast of legal, religious and academic experts with the audience serving as the jury.
"The People vs. The Maccabees," will look at the actions of Judas Maccabeus in the Second Century B.C.E. through the lens of our contemporary times. DId the Maccabees go too far in seeking their interpretation of religious freedom? Are they guilty of some of the same crimes we ascribe to groups today who are advocates of a rigid interpretation of a religion that leads to the justification of horrendous acts of violence?
Tickets for the event are $30-$125 for adults and $15 for students, and can be purchased at http://www.kolhalev.net/trial.html.
Defense Attorney: Lee Fisher, former Ohio Attorney General and current Interim Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Prosecuting Attorney: Steven M. Dettelbach, Partner, BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio
Presiding Judge: Honorable Dick Ambrose, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Rabbi Steve Segar, Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish Community
Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Ursuline College
Imam Ramez Islambouli, Professor of Islamic Studies at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, and President, Uqbah Mosque Foundation of Cleveland
Panel Moderator: The Reverend Leah C.K. Lewis, Ordained minister, activist, writer, producer, and owner, TheSoulFilledEntrepreneur.com (forthcoming)
A panel discussion will follow the trial.