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Rabbi Rick JacobsRabbi Rick Jacobs

Rabbi Jacobs was installed on June 9th, 2012 as the president of the URJ. Previously, he served for 20 years as the dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale, New York. Read more.

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
President Emeritus

Rabbi Yoffie served as president of the URJ from June 1996, when he succeeded Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, z''l. He led the Reform Movement in an exciting new direction, moving congregational life toward greater attention to Torah study and adult literacy and giving special emphasis to religious school education and youth. Read more.

Stephen M. SacksStephen M. Sacks
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Stephen Sacks holds the top lay leadership position in the Reform Movement. For the last 15 years, Sacks has sung with The Washington Chorus, a symphonic chorus that performs with the National Symphony Orchestra and has its own subscription series at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He is a longtime resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and a member of Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C. and Congregation Kol Ami, Frederick, Maryland. Read more.

Amy AsinAmy Asin
Vice President / Director
of Strengthening Congregations

Amy Asin joins the URJ to lead its initiatives in Strengthening Congregations. She will guide the launching of a new Leadership Institute, Communities of Practice, URJ Lay Communities, support of congregations through transition and crisis, and more. She brings experience from corporate and synagogue consulting and significant lay leadership positions in the Jewish world. Read more.
April BaskinApril Baskin
Vice President of Audacious Hospitality

April Baskin's extensive experience includes diversity inclusion, strategic planning, and program development within organizational and national communities. Most recently she served as the national Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily, assisting Jewish professionals and clergy in welcoming and engaging interfaith couples and families, helping them make a stronger connection with Judaism.  Read more.
Miriam ChiltonMiriam Chilton
Vice President / Youth

Miriam Chilton, who came to the URJ after 20 years in the corporate world, has wide-ranging responsibility for youth programming, including 14 overnight camps across North America, travel and educational programs in Israel and NFTY (the Reform youth movement). Each summer, the URJ serves close to 12,000 young people and another 7,000 throughout the year. Read more.
Tamar CopelandTamar Copeland
Chief Philanthropic Officer

As the URJ's Chief Philanthropic Officer, Tamar is responsible for increasing philanthropic giving across the organization in support of 2020 Vision: A Clear View of Our Future and its strategic priorities. Tamar brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management and resource development experience to this role. Read more.
Mark PelavinMark J. Pelavin
Chief Program Officer

As a member of the URJ's Executive Team, Mark Pelavin plays a key role in developing and refining the URJ's priorities and structures as Reform Judaism moves into a new era. He was among the key architects of the URJ's strategic planning process and is playing a leadership role in implementing its new 2020 Vision. Read more.

Rabbi Jonah PesnerRabbi Jonah Pesner
Senior Vice President, URJ
& Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, 46, is the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. His venerable experience as a community organizer will forge the vital consensus needed to advance a positive vision for social justice. He also currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, a position to which he was elected to in 2011. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice. Read more.

Barbara SaidelBarbara Saidel
Chief Operating Officer

As a member of the URJ’s Executive Team, Barbara Saidel is responsible for overseeing all URJ operations across North America. She plays a key role in developing and refining the URJ’s priorities and structures as Reform Judaism moves into a new era. Barbara was among the key architects of the URJ’s strategic planning process and is playing a leadership role in implementing its new 2020 Vision. She chairs the URJ’s Operations Leadership Team, and provides leadership, direction and hands-on management of the URJ’s membership function (MUM), human resources, information systems, finance, and facilities. Read more.

Emily SachsEmily Sachs
Chief Financial Officer

Emily Sachs brings to her work extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as a management consultant and as the Chief Financial/Administrative Officer for two social services agencies. Strategically-focused, energetic, and enthusiastic, Sachs has a strong track record of achieving dramatic change through building excellent, service-oriented teams. Read more.

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