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Tonight, Rabbi Saperstein will honor Temple Hesed in Scranton, PA as the winners of our 50,000 Voices competition. Temple Hesed is celebrating its designation as the winner of the Religious Action Center’s 50,000 Voices for Justice campaign, an effort to build ever stronger relationships between the Reform Movement’s social justice center in Washington D.C. and the Movement’s 900 congregations throughout North America.
This week we also mourned the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg. Rabbi Saperstein, in an op-ed in Haaretz, reflected: “In all that he did, he pursued justice through just means, using the tools of government to transform and better the lives of others. America, Israel and the cause of freedom worldwide are better because this modest, gentle, caring man decided to use his gifts and accomplishments to make the world a better place. Many young people have dreamed such dreams of achievement. Because of America’s freedoms and his own immense skills, Sen. Frank Lautenberg was blessed in his life to fulfill those dreams.” Rabbi Saperstein’s comments on Senator Lautenberg’s legacy were also recorded in the Arizona Jewish Post and the New York Jewish Week.
And just yesterday, the RAC hosted a press conference urging that, in his meeting with President Xi Jinping, President Obama discuss the continued imprisonment of hundreds of prisoners of conscience in Chinese prisons. The press conference received broad coverage from the New York Times, Reuters, Pakistan Today, BBC and Yahoo! News.
Shabbat Shalom, and from all of us in D.C., happy Pride Parade!