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Rabbi Saperstein convened a gathering of influential, national religious leaders for a press conference in reaction to the horrific shootings a week and a half ago in Newtown, Connnecticut. Religious leaders traveled to Washington, DC and gathered at the National Cathedral for a press conference on Friday morning. The event was covered in the New York TimesReligion News ServiceAPCNNJTA and London Times, among others.

Rabbi Saperstein’s full comments can be found here.

While we won’t know for a few more months how the Supreme Court will rule on the issue of gay marriage, the Justices have already made one crucial decision: they decided which cases they would hear. Rabbi Saperstein was quoted in JTA in response to the announcement that the Court would hear two gay marriage cases: “There is an increasing religious consciousness across an ever wider spectrum that providing legal protection and religious sanctification to two people who want to create their lives together reflects our highest values.”

Rabbi Saperstein and legislative assistant Sarah Krinsky were published in the Huffington Post on the occasion of a formal apology by the U.S. Congress on behalf of U.S. citizens to the Native American community for the generations of mistreatment and abuse they suffered. While Saperstein and Krinsky applauded this long-overdue apology, they noted that there is still much work to be done – namely the passing of a comprehensive Violence Against Women Act that includes protections for tribal women.

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Katharine Nasielski

About Katharine Nasielski

Katharine Burd Nasielski is the Communications Associate at the RAC and was an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant from 2011-2012. She graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University and is originally from Philadelphia, PA where she is a member of Society Hill Synagogue.

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