Rabbi Rick Jacobs President 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 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.
Rabbi Jonah Pesner Senior Vice President, URJ & Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi Jonah 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
He currently serves as Senior Vice President of the URJ, 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 Saidel Chief Operating Officer Barbara Saidel focuses on the URJs 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, Human Resources, Facilities, and the MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) Department.
Stephen 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 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.
Miriam 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.
Donna Stein Chief Financial Officer Prior to joining the Union in 2007, Donna 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. Read 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 URJs North American headquarters are at 633 Third Avenue in New York, book and music publishers and administrative and executive offices are housed.