Welcoming Rabbi David Saperstein

PRESIDENT, WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM

Rabbi Saperstein currently serves as the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. For over two years (2015-2017), Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as his country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Prior to that, for 40 years, he served as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement to the U.S. Congress and Administration. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center.

During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served served on the boards or executive committees of numerous prominent U.S. interfaith and public interest organisations including the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue.
A prolific writer and speaker, Rabbi Saperstein has appeared on most major U.S. television news and talk shows. Internationally, he has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media in over fifteen countries. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Harvard Law Review. His latest book is Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices of Our Time.

Rabbi Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, an award-winning journalist, and has two sons, Daniel, a musician, and Ari, an artist and writer.