THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RABBI JOSEPH A. EDELHEIT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HIV/AIDS
The President announced today that Secretary Shalala will appoint Rabbi Joseph A. Edelheit to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Joseph A. Edelheit, of Minnesota, currently serves as the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities' largest congregation. Prior to his current position, he served as a rabbi at both the Emanuel Congregation in Chicago and Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Indiana. Rabbi Edelheit has a history of HIV/AIDS community involvement. He helped found and coordinate the Minneapolis/St. Paul Pastoral Interfaith Network. While in Chicago he served on the Executive Board of the AIDS Pastoral Care Network and also on the Cook County's State's Attorney's Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Issues. He was the Rabbinic Co-Chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbi's/Union of American Hebrew Congregation's Joint Committee on HIV/AIDS. Additionally, he is the author of "AIDS: A Transformative Challenge for Clergy" and many other articles and essays regarding HIV/AIDS. He currently serves on the National Board and the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, the United Jewish Appeal's Rabbinic Cabinet and the Advisory Board of the Jewish-Christian Learning Center at St. Thomas University. He is completing his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago. He has earned his Rabbinic Ordination and Master of Hebrew Letters degree from the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS has been established at the Department of Health and Human Services. The Council provides advice, information and recommendations regarding programs and policies to promote prevention of the HIV disease, to advance research on HIV and AIDS, and to promote quality services to persons living with the HIV disease and AIDS.