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Nation's Largest Jewish Organizaton Reacts to Selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mark Pelavin, 202/387-2800,

Saperstein: For the first time, our children can look at a candidate for the second-highest office in the land and see themselves.

WASHINGTON, AUGUST 7, 2000 - Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today in reaction to news reports that Senator Joseph Lieberman will be the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice-President:

Al Gore's apparent selection of Senator Joseph Lieberman as his running mate marks a turning point in American history, and in American Jewish history.

It is clear that, appropriately, the Vice-President made his choice based on Senator Lieberman's record, his national stature, intelligence and his commitment to public service. But we in the American Jewish community cannot but take some measure of pride (or, as the Senator might say, nachas) in the fact that, for the first time, a member of our community has a place on a national ticket. For the first time, our children can look at a candidate for the second-highest office in the land and see themselves. And we are confident one of the messages in Senator Lieberman's selection - that every American child can believe that, some day, he or she might be President - will be heard clearly, especially in other minority communities.

Note to Editors:Rabbi Saperstein is available for further comment on this matter. Please call Mark Pelavin or Daphne Lazar-Price at (202) 387-2800 to arrange an interview.

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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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