Yesterday, two LCCR coalition members – Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC), and Father Larry J. Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA – were appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The President’s Advisory Council is part of the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and will be made up of 25 leaders, religious and secular, who will serve one-year terms.
According to the White House press release, the new office will be “a resource for nonprofits and community organizations, both secular and faith based, looking for ways to make a bigger impact in their communities, learn their obligations under the law, cut through red tape, and make the most of what the federal government has to offer.”
The RAC is the Washington, D.C., lobbying office of the Union for Reform Judaism, a collective of more than 900 Jewish congregations in the United States. Catholic Charities USA is the head of a network of more than 1,700 Catholic Charities agencies and works to reduce poverty in communities around the nation.