Board Member Rabbi David Saperstein Takes Top Spot on 50 Most Influential Rabbi List

The NAACP announced that Rabbi David Saperstein, a national NAACP board member from Washington DC, has been named the most influential Rabbi by Newsweek magazine.

“Rabbi Saperstein has been a tireless advocate for social justice throughout the U.S.,” stated NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “The NAACP congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on this profound honor and we are grateful to have him as a board member,” concluded Jealous.

Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America was created three years ago, and is maintained and revised by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton, News Corp. executive vice president Gary Ginsberg and Jewish Television Network CEO Jay Sanderson.

An NAACP board member, and a member of President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership, Saperstein has been a trusted steward to the NAACP for over a decade.  He has been instrumental in securing pro-civil rights judicial nominations, passing hate crimes legislation and working with the NAACP to eliminate racial profiling.  Additionally, Saperstein has been an outspoken advocate on healthcare reform and education excellence.

Rabbi Saperstein is also the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where he represents the national Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the administration. He currently co-chairs the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, comprised of over 50 national religious denominations and educational organizations.  In 1999, Rabbi Saperstein was elected as the first Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom created by a unanimous vote of Congress.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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