Visit by The Honorable Rabbi David N. Saperstein
12 March 2020
Australian Catholic University and the Union for Progressive Judaism jointly coordinated a lunch and roundtable discussion with esteemed guest Rabbi David N. Saperstein at Newman College in Melbourne.
Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom under President Obama between 2015 and 2017, carrying out his responsibilities as his country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues.
Rabbi Saperstein is currently the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served as the Director of the Religious Action Center and, as an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University.
The lunch offered guests a rare opportunity to discuss issues of religious freedom and religious persecution around the world with Rabbi Saperstein. In the spirit of interfaith dialogue, faith leaders from across Victoria attended, including Uniting Church moderator Rev Denise Liersch, Islamic Council of Victoria president Mohamed Mohideen OAM, Zoroastrian Association Nergish Udwadia and leaders from the Catholic and Jewish communities.
The lunch was kindly hosted at Newman College by rector Fr Frank Brennan SJ, who is also Distinguished Fellow at ACU's PM Glynn Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Thomas More Law School.