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RCA President Testifies to Confirm Roberts
RCA President Rabbi Dale Polakoff Testifies on behalf of the Rabbinical Council of America at the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge John Roberts to be the next US Chief Justice
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Mr. Nathan Diamnet, Director, Institute of Public Affairs / IPA, Rabbi Dale Polakoff, President, Rabbinical Council of America, Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President, Rabbinical Council of America
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Sep 16, 2005 -- On September 15th 2005, the final day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge John Roberts to serve as the next Chief Justice of the United States, Rabbi Dale Polakoff testified in support of Judge Roberts’ nomination.

Rabbi Polakoff spoke for his colleagues when he said “At a time in which many in society seek moral moorings and spiritual strength, I am certain that these broad values are also the values embraced by this great country in which we are privileged to live. Values of principles, truth and responsibility are part of the foundation of religious ethics upon which our nation has been built, and I am confident that Judge Roberts represents the embodiment of such values.”

He also stated that “While we cannot be certain, we are optimistic that a Justice Roberts will be supportive and solicitous of religious liberty in America. His answers this week to questions you and your colleagues asked him about the Constitution’s religion clauses were indeed reassuring.”

Rabbi Polakoff also spoke eloquently of the debt of gratitude owed by the American Jews to the United States of America, on this, the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in this country.

His comments were widely disseminated in the media, and were well received both by the Senators at the hearing and the public at large. Also present at the hearings were Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Nathan Diament, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America.

The full text of Rabbi Polakoff’s testimony can be accessed at www.rabbis.org

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