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.
As the Senate Finance Committee began a serious discussion of tax reform led by Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, sent the letter below to Senators reflecting on key provisions in the tax code that ensure progressivity, including the EITC, charitable deduction, estate tax and parsonage exemption.