Pesner Installed as Director of RAC

WASHINGTON - The National Council of Churches joins with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in congratulating Rabbi Jonah Pesner upon his installation as RAC’s new Director. Rabbi Pesner’s directorship was celebrated with prayers and a reception today in Washington, DC. He is the second Director of the RAC in its history, following the 40-year tenure of founding Director Rabbi David Saperstein, recently appointed as the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom.

“The Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism is one of the Washington religious community’s most important institutions, and a long-time friend and ally of the National Council of Churches,” said General Secretary Jim Winkler, “and we are pleased to sell Rabbi Pesner taking leadership.”

NCC Associate General Secretary Dr. Tony Kireopoulos added, “Rabbi Pesner brings a strong, progressive Jewish voice that is much needed in the world today.”

Associate General Secretary Aundreia Alexander, who attended Rabbi Pesner’s installation service today stated, “I was moved by the words of commendation and the prayers offered this morning. The leadership of Rabbi Saperstein was key to the RAC’s first forty years; we add our prayers to those of many others in the hopes that God will bless Rabbi Pesner’s leadership in this next phase of the RAC’s advocacy on behalf of those who seek justice.”

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is a long-time friend of the National Council of Churches and a partner in our interfaith dialogues.


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