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Seminary, Part of Interreligious Tv Group, Making Show on U.S. and Jewish Law

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America will produce a television program that parallels the Jewish and American attitudes toward law. It will be part of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission’s four-part presentation linking America’s major religious groups, to be aired this fall.

In a one-hour segment molded around the theme “The Promise of America,” the JTS show will compare the Jewish legal system with the United States Constitution and amendments. The premise is that these are “two legal systems that have endured because of their flexibility and constant reinterpretation,” according to Marjorie Wyler, executive producer of radio and television at the Seminary. “The conclusion is that both legal systems evolve constantly because original intent is not a possible thing to determine,” Wyler added. Stephan Chodorov produced the show on behalf of JTS. Funds for the newly-formed IBC, a non-profit organization were provided by a grant from the National Broadcasting Company.