At the Consultation: Sunday Programming Begins; A Celebration of Rabbi Saperstein's RAC Tenure

April 26, 2015
Today, at the opening day of the Consultation on Conscience, we opened our programming with a short plenary followed by two rich and engaging workshop blocks. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the importance of national paid sick days legislation from Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families; to learn about the moral call to end climate change from Rabbi Larry Troster of GreenFaith; to delve into how create inclusive communities for people with disabilities; to hear from Rabbi Joel Mosbacher on his work to prevent the greater scourge of gun violence prevention; just to name a few of the wonderful workshops! No doubt, the highlight of Sunday's programming was the Sunday evening celebration of Rabbi David Saperstein's tenure at the RAC, and the work of the RAC to lead the fight for tikkun olam in the United States and around the world. We heard from former Secretary of State Madeline Albright; Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau / Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, Hilary Shelton; RAC Director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner; and of course, from Rabbi Saperstein himself, in part in conversation with E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. You can watch the video of the event below: Our programming tomorrow continues on our livestream at at 8:45AM ET with remarks from Under Secretary for Political Affairs of State Wendy R. Sherman, followed by remarks from Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, and the installation ceremony for Rabbi Pesner as RAC Director, featuring remarks from former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The livestream will continue at 2:00PM ET with remarks from Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry and a panel with Rabbi Denise Eger and Rabbi Judy Schindler. For more information about the Consultation on Conscience, please visit For the full schedule for the Consultation, click here.

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