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December 13, 2014
Max Samis, Rabinowitz Communications, email@example.com
Jewish Federations Congratulate Rabbi David Saperstein on Senate Confirmation
Religious leader to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom
New York – Last night, Rabbi David Saperstein was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. The Jewish Federations of North America congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on becoming the first non-Christian leader to hold the position, created by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Nominated this past July by President Barack Obama, Rabbi Saperstein will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, where he will work to monitor religious freedom abuses around the world. Rabbi Saperstein is leaving the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, an organization he has led for 30 years.
Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America, stated:
“It has been a privilege to count Rabbi Saperstein as a friend and colleague over the years, and I can think of no one more qualified to hold this prestigious position. The list of accomplishments Rabbi Saperstein has produced over the past three decades is simply astounding, from his work to ensure the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 to his chairmanship of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and his position with the first White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Furthermore, it was alongside Rabbi Saperstein and the Religious Action Center that Jewish Federations was able to establish the Jewish Disability Network, which has helped so many in the disability community. The Jewish community is better for Rabbi Saperstein’s dedication and leadership, and we are proud to see him in his new position with the State Department.”
The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).