When Mark Goldfeder isn’t teaching war and religion at the Emory University School of Law, he is traveling internationally to handle religious freedom cases that affect anyone from Muslims in prison to Jews in Georgia. His Restoring Religious Freedom project received a $1 million gift to pay for training in religious freedom for law students.

Within the Jewish community, he has been an adviser to the United Nations on Israel, and he runs an Israel fellowship program for freshmen at Emory. Originally from Flatbush in Brooklyn, N.Y., Goldfeder lives in Toco Hills and strives to be actively engaged in the Jewish Community.

“The Jewish community is as strong as its participation,” he said. “We come from a long tradition of those who gave back, and I want to continue to contribute.”

In 20 years he hopes to continue fighting for the state of Israel and the Jewish community. The professor sees a lot of potential for Jews under 40 in Atlanta compared with larger cities.

“Atlanta is a community on the rise. There’s an influx of young families, and there’s a great opportunity for young people to make a difference.”

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