Rabbi David Saperstein to speak Oct. 28 on religion and politics

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Prominent religious lobbyist Rabbi David Saperstein will deliver a lecture titledReligion and Politics in Election 2004,at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 (Thursday) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by The Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund for Jewish Studies, the Notre Dame Holocaust Project and the Center for Social Concerns, the event is free and open to the public.

Rabbi Saperstein has headed several national religious coalitions during his 30-year tenure as director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.He co-chairs the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty and serves on the boards of the NAACP and People For the American Way.In 1999, Rabbi Saperstein was elected as the first chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.Also an attorney, Rabbi Saperstein teaches seminars in First Amendment church-state law and Jewish law at Georgetown University Law School.

A prolific writer and speaker, Rabbi Sapersteins articles have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times and Harvard Law Review.His latest book isJewish Dimensions of Social Justice:Tough Moral Choices of Our Time.He has made guest appearances on Nightline, Oprah, Lehrer News Hour and ABCs Sunday Morning.

Contact: Valerie McCance, Notre Dame Holocaust Project (574)631-5349

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