Jewish Values in a Time of Crisis with David Saperstein
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director Emeritus of the Religious Action Center (RAC), will visit Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor on July 20 – 21. The overarching theme of his weekend in the Hamptons is “Jewish Values in a Time of Crisis.”
Beginning with Shabbat evening services on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Saperstein will present a sermon entitled, “Being the Hand of G-d: Jewish Social Justice in a Time of Crisis and Opportunity.” Then, on Saturday, during Shabbat morning services at 10 am, he will give a D’var Torah on Parashat Devarim, and lead a Torah study at noon entitled “How Jewish Law Evolved: Insights from Jewish Social Justice Texts.”
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 for decades, representing the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the current presidential administrations.
For more than 2 years (until January 2017), Rabbi Saperstein served the 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. As an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center.
For nearly six decades, the RAC has been the hub of Jewish social justice work. As a joint instrument of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the RAC represents the values of the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America. The RAC mobilizes around federal, state, and local legislation, supports and develops congregational leaders, and organizes communities to strive to create a world overflowing with justice, compassion, and peace. The RAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, non-partisan organization.
These events are free and open to all those in pursuit of justice. Come and learn how social justice is embedded in Judaism and its universal call to all.
- 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- Being the Hands of G-d: Jewish Social Justice at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity
- 10 a.m. - noon
- D'var Torah on Parashat Devarim
- noon - 1:00 p.m.
- How Jewish Law Evolved: Insights from Jewish Social Justice Texts