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Rabbi David Saperstein Joins URJ and RAC as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2017

NEW YORK - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs announced today that Rabbi David Saperstein will return to the URJ senior staff as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. He will assume this new position as of April 1, 2017.Rabbi Saperstein speaking at a microphone

Rabbi David Saperstein Joins URJ and RAC as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner's Testimony in Opposition to First Amendment Defense Act

On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), whose over 900 congregations include over 1.5 million Reform Jews across North America, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), which represents over 2,000 Reform rabbis, I submit this statement for the record in strong opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act, H.R. 2802

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner's Testimony in Opposition to First Amendment Defense Act

Interfaith Sign-on Letter in Opposition of First Amendment Defense Act

In advance of tomorrow’s hearings on Religious Liberty and H.R. 2802, the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ (FADA), the undersigned organizations, representing a diverse group of beliefs and faith traditions, write to express our opposition to this measure, (S. 1598/H.R. 2802), introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID). We would ask that this letter be included as part of the official hearings record.

Interfaith Sign-on Letter in Opposition of First Amendment Defense Act

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Applauds Passage of East Ramapo Oversight Legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 17, 2016 – In response to the passage of A.10723/S.8131, a bill in the New York State legislature that will bring much-needed funding and oversight to the East Ramapo School District, Barbara Zaron and Richard C. Laskey, co-chairs of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, issued the following statement:

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Applauds Passage of East Ramapo Oversight Legislation

Reform Movement Joins Broad Coalition Expressing Concern about the Faith Based Initiative

Saperstein: We have been deeply concerned by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives’ detrimental effects on both religion and government since its inception.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org 

Reform Movement Joins Broad Coalition Expressing Concern about the Faith Based Initiative

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Separation of Church and State: Reform Movement Hails Decision on Dangerous Ballot Initiatives

Saperstein and Peppard Winograd: While hiding their true intent and effect behind misleading language, the initiatives, if passed, would have resulted in direct government support to religious institutions as well as altered the state constitution to permit government funding of sectarian education.

Contact Kate Bigam or Arielle Gingold
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Separation of Church and State: Reform Movement Hails Decision on Dangerous Ballot Initiatives

DC Plan to Fund Religious Mission Violates First Amendment

Saperstein: "The District of Columbia’s plan to provide funding to the Central Union Mission, a pervasively sectarian institution, is an egregious breach of the separation between church and state."

Contact: Kate Bigam or Arielle Gingold
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

DC Plan to Fund Religious Mission Violates First Amendment

Texas Jewish Leaders Fight for Students' First Amendment Rights

 

Contact: Kate Bigam or Arielle Gingold
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org 


AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 20, 2008 – Three Reform Jewish leaders testified yesterday before the Texas State Board of Education on proposed revisions to the state’s science curriculum.

 

Texas Jewish Leaders Fight for Students' First Amendment Rights