FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2018
Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller to Join Religious Action Center Staff as Senior California Organizer
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, February 20, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism announced that effective March 1, 2018, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller will join the staff as the Senior California Organizer.
Based in the East Bay, Rabbi Saxe-Taller will support Northern California congregations in their pursuit of social justice. She will also work to advance a 2018 California legislative and ballot measure agenda that seeks to address issues including immigrant justice, criminal justice reform, and housing and homelessness.
"I am thrilled and honored to welcome Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller to the Religious Action Center. As a Rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel, she brought social justice to the center of congregational life, and inspired her congregants to take deep, meaningful action in support of the most vulnerable among us,” said Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. “Rabbi Saxe-Taller has already had an impressive career organizing for social justice, and we are eager for her to join our efforts in creating a world overflowing with justice, compassion, and peace.”
Rabbi Saxe-Taller served as a Rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco from 2004 to 2017. Under her leadership, the Sherith Israel social justice team addressed educational inequities, stood with undocumented immigrants and worked for criminal justice reform. Rabbi Saxe-Taller has also served on the Leadership Team of Reform California from the beginning, working to pass the Trust Act to protect undocumented immigrants, win cap-and-trade funding for affordable housing, and collect information from local police forces on racial profiling practices. Rabbi Saxe-Taller was ordained in 2004 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 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.