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Rabbi Jack Moline
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Jack Moline is President of Interfaith Alliance. In a career spanning four decades, he has established himself as a powerful voice fighting for religious freedom for all Americans, regardless of their faith or belief system. As a rabbi, he has worked to create common ground between people of diverse religious and secular backgrounds. As an advocate, he has led efforts to secure services for this disabled, increase the supply of affordable housing, promote marriage equality, ensure pay equity and especially, protect civil rights for people of all faiths and sexual orientations.

A native of Chicago, he holds the title of Rabbi Emeritus of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served for 27 years. Rabbi Moline is an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Virginia Theological Seminary, educating future leaders in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities.

A long time board member of Interfaith Alliance, serving as chair of the board from 2006-2008, Rabbi Moline comes to this role with a wealth of experience in interfaith advocacy. In addition to his work with Interfaith Alliance, he has served as chair of the Interfaith Relations Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, vice president of the Washington-Baltimore Rabbinical Assembly and board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. He serves on the advisory boards of Clergy Beyond Borders and Operation Understanding DC. He has served as president of the Washington Board of Rabbis and is past chair of the Alexandria Interfaith Association. He also served as the first director of public policy for the Rabbinical Assembly and was executive director of NJDC.

Rabbi Moline also has advised and written for many public figures, including President Bill Clinton, for whom he provided advice on international affairs and the president’s personal challenges. He was invited to offer a blessing to the Obama and Biden families before the 2013 presidential inauguration.

Rabbi Moline has authored two books and has contributed to many publications. He is a popular speaker and has offered commentary on PBS, CNN, CBS, Fox News, the Washington Post, National Journal, Huffington Post and other news outlets.

Rabbi Moline is a graduate of Northwestern University (School of Communications, 1974). He studied to become a rabbi at the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) in Los Angeles and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s (JTS) Jerusalem and New York campuses. Ordained in 1982, he received an honorary doctorate from JTS in 2012. He became full-time rabbi and part-time Jewish chaplain at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut upon ordination. In 1987, he became rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia, in Alexandria.

Rabbi Moline is a long-suffering supporter of the Chicago Cubs. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife of 37 years. He is the father of three grown children and the proud grandfather of one.

Entries by Rabbi Jack Moline

What's Happening to 'Values Voters' This Year?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 9:53 AM

A couple of months ago Russell Moore made the claim that Donald Trump was leading with the Jimmy Swaggart wing of evangelical Christians -- he did not mean it as a compliment. I imagine he and other leaders of the religious right have watched with consternation as Trump...

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What Donald Trump Doesn't Get About Religious Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Dear Mr. Trump,

I heard your comments recently raising concerns about the ability of clergy to endorse you. Please allow us to put your mind at ease. Like all Americans, members of the clergy have every right to make an endorsement. I, myself have made such endorsements in the past...

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Celebrating and Protecting Religious Pluralism

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 1:37 PM

In the current state of the political and cultural world, one doesn't need to look far to see religious pluralism done wrong. A candidate for president explicitly calls for banning Muslims from entering the U.S., and politicians from both sides of the aisle line up behind a refugee policy fueled...

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Meet the New Holocaust Revisionists

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 6:56 PM

There was a time when Holocaust revisionists were sophisticated crackpots pretending to be academics. With the creative math skills of a crooked accountant and some wishful thinking, they sought to force six million Jews and three million others to die a second death by denying they ever lived.

Today, that...

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Dear Donald Trump, Let's Talk About Otherness

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:53 PM

The longer the United States is around, the more we realize how inconvenient our foundational truth is: "all men are created equal." I have come to understand these words in our modern context -- "all humans." Yet it is increasingly clear that there is still a sizable part of our...

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Preaching to All Choirs on the High Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 12:07 PM

I am no longer a pulpit rabbi, so the question of sermon topics on the High Holy Days is one I consider as a consumer rather than as a provider - but that doesn't stop me from reflecting on the situation congregational rabbis are in this month.

As our communities...

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How God Lost the Republican Primary Debate

(16) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 10:31 PM

I almost couldn't believe it when Megyn Kelly asked viewers to return after commercials to the first Republican presidential primary debates for closing statements "and...God! Stay tuned for that!" Poor God -- demoted to "special guest" status on cable television.

I had begun the evening with higher hopes. The questions...

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President Obama's Articulation of Religious Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:52 AM

Little did I expect that on my first day as executive director of Interfaith Alliance, the most concise articulation of our mission would come from the President of the United States. Even less likely, that it would come during the State of the Union address. But there it...

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Second Guessing Syria

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Late in 2012, I attended a small briefing with a senior White House security official. Each of the dozen people there had a chance to speak, and most took the opportunity to lobby for something. I asked this question: Who are we rooting for in Syria?

The official raised his...

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Disproportionality in Gaza

(19) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:03 PM

There is disproportionality in the Gaza conflict, but it is not military.

No one scrutinizes the media's attention to Israel and its neighbors more than engaged members of the Jewish community. Not surprisingly, we have multiple groups that measure the quantity and quality of time and type invested in coverage....

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In Israel's Hour of Need, Neocons Want to Divest

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:34 AM

If I were just a little more cynical, I would ask about the motives behind the Emergency Committee for Israel's calling for a cut in aid to Israel in the middle of aggression by Hamas and response by Israel. This is a time for solidarity, yet ECI has...

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The Gilded Shtetl

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 9:37 AM

The Pew Research Center has delivered another part of its comprehensive study of American politics. Not surprisingly, it validates the perception of increasing polarization between Democrats and Republicans. Equally without surprise, it identifies conservative positions with Republican Party members and liberal positions with Democrats. Nowhere is that more evident than...

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This Just Doesn't Fly

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:29 AM

There are tens of thousands of people, including U.S. citizens, who may not travel on a commercial airline. The reason is mostly well-known: their names appear on the "no-fly" list" maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. According to DHS, these individuals pose a threat to the lives...

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My Israel Is a Strong Israel

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:18 AM

I have always considered myself a Zionist. That is to say, I believe in Jewish self-determination in our natural homeland, the land of Israel. "Zionism" itself is a political word, but what Zionism stands for is as old as our father Abraham.

While Zionism is ancient, the...

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