President Biden chooses out rabbi to serve on international religious commission
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum on “Watch What Happens Live” Photo: Screenshot/Bravo President Joe Biden (D) made a series of appointments announced on Friday to several integral positions regarding American foreign policy that do not require confirmation from the Senate.
Biden chose Khisr Khan and Sharon Kleinbaum to serve as Commissioners on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent body which evaluate the state of religious freedom around the world and report them both to the President and Congress.
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Kleinbaum is an out lesbian who is currently the Senior Rabbi at the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) synagogue in New York City. She is married to Randi Weingarten, the current president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which has over 1.6 million members nationwide.
The USCIRF was created by law in 1998 . Commissioners are each appointed for two years by the President, the President pro tempore of the Senate (leader of the Senate under the Vice President), and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Each leader is entitled to name three appointees, although some of the Senate’s and House’s nominees must receive recommendation […]