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Sherry Levy-Reiner Joins the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism as the Director of Development

Contact:Alexis Rice 202-387-2800

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2001 - Sherry Levy-Reiner has been appointed the Director of Development at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). In her new position, Levy-Reiner will oversee fundraising efforts at the RAC, focusing on the RAC's $13 million 40th Anniversary Capital Campaign and enlarging its base of continuing support. She will also help shape the RAC's publications and, as a member of the RAC Senior Staff team, will be involved in all facets of the Center's work.

"I'm delighted that Sherry will be leading the RAC's efforts to renovate our building and expand our programs,"said Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. "Like many others in the Movement, I've known her for many years through her involvement with Reform Jewish life. She is immensely qualified, and is deeply dedicated to our vision of the future growth and strength of the RAC and of social justice in the life of our Movement."

For the past two years, Levy-Reiner has been a consultant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. There she planned public outreach and education programs that extended the initiatives of the Decade of the Brain Project she had headed previously at the Library of Congress.

Prior to that, she held positions at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the University of Chicago, the Menninger Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

Levy-Reiner, long a respected voice in the Reform Movement, serves on the editorial board of Reform Judaism magazine, published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), and the UAHC's committee to select significant Jewish books. Earlier, she served on the staff of the UAHC's Goldman Union Camp-Institute in Zionsville, Indiana.

Levy-Reiner earned a Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati in English, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on Saul Bellow and, as an undergraduate, won writing awards endowed in honor of the late Rabbi David Philipson.

"I've been learning from the RAC since the late 1960s, when it was a gathering place for Jewish student advocates. I am deeply grateful that I now have the opportunity to give back: to apply my skills and experience to strengthening an institution that champions critical social justice causes in the context of my personal commitment to Reform Judaism," said Levy-Reiner.


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) , whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis(CCAR) whose membership includes over 1700 Reform rabbis .

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