Reform Rabbi Considering Senate Run

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, a senior vice president of the Union of Reform Judaism and the founding director of Just Congregations, the union’s community organizing arm, is considering a run for Senate as a Democrat in the Massachusetts special election to succeed John Kerry, according to the blog “Talking Politics.”

Pesner began having “exploratory conversations” about three weeks ago, and is moving forward with the process, he told the blogger, David Bernstein, who blogs for the Phoenix, a weekly newspaper and website in the Boston area.

The rabbi has worked as a leader of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, co-chairing its campaign for the statewide health reform that led to the 2006 law that insured all Massachusetts residents.

The work with GBIO “changed everything,” Pesner told Bernstein.

He would not give Bernstein a timetable for his final decision.; @thesimplechild

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