Rabbi Jack Moline and Rabbi Dara Frimmer at 2011 USDA Seder. Photo: Mike Theiler.
— by Elanna Cahn
Rabbi Jack Moline, 61, was appointed as the new National Jewish Democratic council (NJDC) executive director. Moline replaces David A. Harris, who left last February.
“It’s a great opportunity and a chance to leave my mark in a different way on the American Jewish community,” he said. “My path into Jewish life had as much to do with activism as it did with religious commitment.”
As a religious leader, Moline has been to numerous official White House meetings, mostly as director of public policy for the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, a position he held from 2009 until May. He has met both has met both Former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
Marc Stanley, chair of the NJDC board of directors, said:
Rabbi Moline brings a wide and exciting range of abilities and experience to NJDC. His work as national co-chair of Rabbis for Obama, and coordinator of public policy for the Conservative movement, coupled with his interfaith expertise, and teaching and facilitating skills, make him a terrific leader for the NJDC moving ahead.
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As the spiritual head of his congregation, Moline has been involved in, and spoken out on, numerous social issues in the news, and was the president of the Washington Board of Rabbis. He also has served with the Alexandria Call to Community program, is a board member of the Interfaith Alliance, and is a Capitol Hill reflection group leader for the Faith and Politics Institute.
Moline has been invited to the White House, and even contributed to then-President Bill Clinton’s eulogy for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Moline, who was named as one of the top rabbis in the country by Newsweek magazine in 2008 and 2010, said that he is excited about entering into the political fray at a time when many people are being “turned off” by politics.