Obama Names Reform Jewish Leader as Ambassador for Religious Freedom

Rabbi David Saperstein, 66, has been in charge of the U.S. Reform movement's political activities, carried out through its Religious Action Center, since 1974.

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday appointed long-time U.S. Reform Judaism leader Rabbi David Saperstein as the State Department's ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead, Obama said in a statement.

Saperstein, 66, has been in charge of the U.S. Reform movement's political activities, carried out through its Religious Action Center, since 1974. He is also an adjunct professor of First Amendment church-state law and Jewish law at Georgetown University. He delivered the invocation at the concluding session of the 2008 Democratic Convention, at which Obama was nominated for president.

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