Contact: Annette Powers 212-650-4154 email@example.com December 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s Senate vote to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism released the following statement: “David’s clear and powerful voice has been the voice of our Movement for …
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.
Washington, D.C. – Following years of work, disability rights activists cheered as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ABLE Act, which would provide much needed tax-free savings accounts to people with disabilities. The Jewish Federations of North America, which has long been a leader in the fight to improve inclusion for people with disabilities, praised the passage as an important step towards allowing those in the disability community to plan and save for their futures.
Economic independence and protecting the rights of people with disabilities at home and abroad were the top items on the agenda today as disability advocates from across the country converged on Capitol Hill for the fourth annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day. The Jewish Disability Network’s members and advocates met with congressional representatives to convey the necessity of passing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and approving the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.