Washington, D.C., September 25, 2015 - In recognition of President Obama's appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is issuing the following statement:
We are proud of and deeply appreciative for President Obama's appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the President’s third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This honor recognizes Rabbi Gutow's lifelong dedication to social justice and interfaith relationships. Simply, Steve’s work is Tikkun Olam (‘repairing the world.’) and we are grateful that President Obama recognizes his passion, talent, and selflessness. On every great issue of our time, Steve has been a Jewish leader with reach well beyond the Jewish community. He is the Chair of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and is deeply engaged in efforts to stop and reverse global climate change. He has fought to prevent mass atrocities and served as the chair of the Save Darfur Coalition. He leads the annual ‘Hunger Seder’ in the United States Capitol, raising up the needs of the most vulnerable among us in the halls of our nation’s most powerful institution. The JCPA is proud of all his word work and dedication and can think of no Rabbi more suited for such an auspicious role.
The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations. The charge for this Council focuses on steps the government should take to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all, including changes in policies, programs, and practices that affect the delivery of services by faith-based and community organizations and the needs of low-income and other underserved persons.
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.