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Reform Jewish Leader Responds to the Senate’s Confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito Jr.
In response to today’s Senate vote confirming Samuel Alito as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, “We hope that Judge Alito will live up to the trust placed in him by this historic appointment.”

Saperstein: “We hope that Judge Alito will live up to the trust placed in him by this historic appointment.”

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Washington, January 31, 2006 - - In response to today’s Senate vote confirming Samuel Alito as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We congratulate Samuel Alito on his confirmation as the 110th Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Now that the Senate has acted, the time for debate is over. We hope that Judge Alito will live up to the trust placed in him by this historic appointment. Supreme Court Justices have a special obligation to protect the rights, liberties, and freedoms that are the cornerstones of our democracy. His many supporters claim that Judge Alito is such a jurist; we hope and pray they are right.

Our national Movement opposed Judge Alito’s nomination out of concern for the impact of his appointment on the fate of fundamental rights in America. Across the nation, many of our congregations and our rabbis expressed their views on this nomination to their senators, most sharing the Movement’s position; some supporting the nomination. Indeed, many tirelessly organized around their concerns. We thank them all for their engagement with our democratic process.

Now, as Judge Alito prepares to become Justice Alito it is appropriate to pause and consider the liberties and rights we have fought to preserve and protect that now hang in a tenuous balance. In this moment where the future of our cherished rights lies uncertain, we stand with stalwart resolve, ever-ready through our courts and legislative process, to protect the principles of liberty and justice for every person.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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