Beth Am Welcomes this Year's Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Saperstein
In keeping with this year's adult education theme, "Jews and Politics," Beth Am is honored to welcome the 5778 Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi David Saperstein. Rabbi Saperstein is the Director Emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Senior Advisor to the URJ for Policy and Strategy. Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for decades.
For over two years (through January 2017), Rabbi Saperstein served our nation as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. Today Rabbi Saperstein serves as Senior Fellow at both the Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and its School of Foreign Service's Center for Jewish Civilization, and as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy for the Union for Reform Judaism.
We will have several opportunities to learn from Rabbi Saperstein throughout the weekend:
- Friday, April 20
- 6:15 PM, Sanctuary* - "The Future of Reform Judaism in America: Where Are We Going?" (Childcare will be provided.)
- 7:30 PM, Social Hall (dinner and lecture) - "A Jewish Social Justice Agenda for 2018" (Sign up for the dinner by Tuesday, April 17.)
- Saturday, April 21
- 9:00 AM, Beit Kehillah (during Torah Study) - "Economic and Environmental Justice: Lessons from Our Jewish Texts"
- 3:30 PM, Beit Kehillah - "The State of Religious Freedom in the United States and Across the Globe"
*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.