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Rabbi Rick JacobsRabbi Rick 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. More

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Rabbi Eric H. 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. More

Rabbi Danny FreelanderRabbi Daniel H. Freelander serves as senior vice president of the URJ. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been supervising virtually every aspect of the Union’s programs and operations since joining the staff in 1975. He supervises URJ administrative and financial operations and is an advisor for the Movement’s camping and Israel programs and URJ Books and Music. More

Rabbi Jonah PesnerRabbi Jonah Pesner serves as senior vice president of the URJ. Rabbi Pesner collaborates with Reform congregations and communities across North America and in Israel. He develops new strategies and innovations to advance the goals of the Reform Movement. An alumnus of NFTY and URJ Eisner Camp, he also leads the Campaign for Youth Engagement, a bold initiative to retain teens in Jewish life after they become b’nei mitzvah. More
Stephen M. SacksStephen M. Sacks is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 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. More

Barbara SaidelBarbara Saidel is Chief Operating Officer of the Union for Reform Judaism. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Saidel focuses on the URJ’s underlying business strategies in order to deliver programs and services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. She provides leadership, direction and hands-on management of operations and administrative activities and is responsible for managing IT, HR, Communications, Facilities, Meetings & Conventions, URJ Books and Music, the Camping System, and the MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) Department. More

Donna SteinDonna Stein is the Chief Financial Officer for the Union for Reform Judaism. Prior to joining the Union in 2007, Stein served as senior vice president, Finance and Administration, of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. She held a similar position at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 2001-2003. More

Mark PelavinMark J. Pelavin serves as Senior Advisor to the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest denomination in American Jewish life. As a member of the Union's Senior Leadership Team, he plays a key role in developing and refining the Union's priorities and structures as the Union moves into a new era. More

The URJ's staff provide congregations and their members with creative programming ideas for all areas of synagogue life, including worship, education and social action. The staff also provides ongoing consultation and problem solving for member congregations, and works to anticipate and meet their needs in a rapidly changing environment.

The URJ’s North American headquarters are at 633 Third Avenue in New York, book and music publishers and administrative and executive offices are housed.

The URJ also operates the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC, and thirteen camps.

 
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