Rabbi David Saperstein

Rabbi David Saperstein, is director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, having served as its director and counsel for 40 years. He was selected by Newsweek magazine in 2009 as the most influential rabbi in the country and described in a Washington Post profile as the "quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.” He is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. 

The COVID-19 Crisis and the Faith Community

Rabbi David Saperstein
November 9, 2020
In addressing epidemics, there are a number of provisions of Jewish law directly relevant to challenges we face today. The spirit of these laws and their wisdom speaks across the centuries to us now.

Al Vorspan, z”l: A Jewish Social Justice Titan

Rabbi David Saperstein
February 28, 2019

Rabbi David Saperstein, director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, delivered this eulogy at Al Vorspan's funeral on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Remembering Leonard Fein: Writer, Innovator, Intellectual

Rabbi David Saperstein
August 19, 2014

In every generation, figures of influence rise to leadership. They reshape the Jewish community in their image. Sometimes they are public intellectuals, sometimes institution builders, sometimes analysts, sometimes power brokers.

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Rabbi David Saperstein
July 2, 2014

On this milestone 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Reform Jewish community joins advocates nationwide in paying tribute to a generation of activists whose struggles more than five decades ago changed our nation for the better.

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