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The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates

The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates


April 12, 2018    
7:00 pm


Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Road, St. Louis, Missouri, 63141

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Rabbi David Saperstein

Come hear the rabbi designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and called the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill” by the Washington Post. Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism , representing the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the administration, for decades. He also served our nation as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large or International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues.

The Use an Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates

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.

Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey B. Stiffman will be available to sign copies of his book, Congregation Shaare Emeth at 150. Copies will also be available for purchase.

Thursday night’s program is funded by the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Fund and 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. The Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Lecture Fund was established in May of 2015 to honor Rabbi Stiffman’s 50th anniversary of ordination as rabbi.


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