David Saperstein, who for 40 years represented Reform Judaism to Congress and the White House, will give the Bainton Lecture at Yale Divinity School on Thursday, February 28. Dr. Saperstein will discuss “Being the Hands of God: Religious Social Justice at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity.”
The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall with a reception to follow.
Described by Newsweek magazine as the most influential rabbi in America, David Saperstein served for 40 years as Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on church-state law and comparative Jewish and American law at Georgetown University Law Center. President Obama nominated Saperstein to be the first non-Christian to hold the post of United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, a position in which Saperstein served from 2015 to 2017. He is coauthor of “Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices for our Times” and has published articles in the New York Times and Washington Post, among other publications.
The Roland Bainton Lectureship, inaugurated in 1988, represents the two foci of the late Roland Bainton, who served on the YDS faculty for 42 years: church history and the church’s witness to peace and justice. The Bainton Lecture is free and open to the Yale and New Haven-area communities and will also be broadcast on the YDS Livestream page.