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Prominent Reform Movement Rabbi Named to NAACP Board

Prominent Reform Movement Rabbi Named to NAACP Board

For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Contact: Max Rosenblum
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Press Release from the Religious Action Center

WASHINGTON — Today, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), was named to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) National Board. The addition of Rabbi Pesner continues the already long-lasting bond between the two civil rights organizations, as embodied by the service of former National Board members Rabbis David Saperstein and Micah Greenstein. In partnership, the RAC and NAACP will continue to chart a course toward achieving racial justice, eliminating mass incarceration, and ensuring unfettered access to the ballot box for all people regardless of race, class and faith.

In honor of this proud occasion, Rabbi Pesner issued the following statement:

Eliminating racism and expanding civil rights are intrinsic Jewish values. I could not be more proud to join the board of the NAACP to help advance those goals. The history of the RAC and the NAACP are closely intertwined, tracing back to Kivie Kaplan’s role in leading both organizations. The challenges we face in combating systemic racism are profound, but they are not insurmountable if we work together.

The NAACP’s full release can be provided upon request.


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

Published: 02/28/2017

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