The National Jewish Democratic Council is pleased to announce the selection of Rabbi Jack Moline as its Executive Director. Rabbi Moline, who currently serves as the spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, will assume direction of NJDC in January 2014.
“Rabbi Moline brings a wide and exciting range of abilities and experience to NJDC,” said Marc Stanley, chair of the NJDC Board of Directors. “His work as national co-chair of Rabbis for Obama, coordinator of public policy for the Conservative movement, coupled with his interfaith expertise and teaching and facilitating skills, make him a terrific leader for NJDC moving ahead.”
As he looks forward to assuming this new position, Rabbi Moline affirmed: “American Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic. They do so not out of habit, but because of their values. NJDC is the voice of those values. We are the voice of those values to our government and the candidates who wish to serve, and we are the voice that speaks of those values to experienced voters and each next generation.” He continued: “Of course, our support for the State of Israel is foundational. However, there is more to Jewish activism than Israel. Education, health care, poverty reduction, all of those things that our Constitution points to with the mandate to promote the general welfare, have analogs in our long and rich history of the right and proper concerns of the society in which we live.”
Rabbi Moline, in addition to his pulpit responsibilities, serves as an Adjunct Professor at both the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a board member of the Interfaith Alliance and as a Capitol Hill reflection group leader for the Faith and Politics Institute. Rabbi Moline was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which he received a Master’s degree in Hebrew Literature and an honorary Doctor of Divinity, after receiving an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.