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Meet Rabbi David Saperstein, Visiting Scholar

Posted on February 26, 2018 by

Rabbi David Saperstein will visit Shaare Emeth as the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman lecturer and Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence for the weekend of April 12-14, 2018. While here, he will lead the following programs:



The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates 

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.

For 3,000 years, Judaism has developed a powerful religious imperative to speak truth to power and to strive to transform the world for the good. How does the Jewish tradition view religion’s role in shaping political policies? What does it have to say about some of the urgent and vexing moral challenges of our day? How is it used and abused in the polemics of contemporary political debates?

Light refreshments to follow program; dietary laws observed.

RSVPs appreciated; respond online here or using the form below.

Thursday night’s program is funded by the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Fund, which was was established in May of 2015 to honor Rabbi Stiffman’s 50th anniversary of ordination as rabbi. and by the Sh’ma Listen! Speakers Series, which is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs. 



Being the Hands of God: Jewish Social Justice Agenda for 2018

Friday, April 13, 6 p.m.

Economic and Environmental Justice: Testing the Morality of Our Nation

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.

An analysis of the issues around economic and environmental justice, including an assessment of its impact on the U.S. Jewish community, and a look at insights from Jewish perspectives on the issue drawn from Jewish tradition and history.

RSVPs appreciated; respond online here or using the form below.

This scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch, and their families for their continuous generous support for the scholar-in-residence weekend.


About Rabbi David Saperstein

Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” David Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement (the largest segment of American Jewry), to Congress and the Administration 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.

During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served as the chair or co-chair of several national interreligious coalitions, including the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, and served on the boards or executive committees of numerous national organizations, including the NAACP, People for The American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue. He currently serves as a 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. He is also the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy for the Union for Reform Judaism.

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

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