Skip Navigation
January 27, 2015 | 7th Sh'vat 5775
Home  /  About Us  /  Union for Reform Judaism  /  Leadership  / 

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.

Rabbi Jonah PesnerRabbi 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 social justice. 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.

Mark PelavinMark J. Pelavin
Senior Advisor to the President

As a member of the Union's Senior Leadership Team, Mark Pelavin plays a key role in developing and refining the Union's priorities and structures as the Union moves into a new era. Read more.
Barbara SaidelBarbara Saidel
Chief Operating Officer

Barbara 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, Human Resources, Facilities, and the MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) Department. 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.
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.
Donna SteinDonna 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 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.


Donate Now

URJ Books & Music

Reform Judaism magazine Fall 2014


Union for Reform Judaism


Multimedia Icon Multimedia:  Photos  |  Videos  |  Podcasts  |  Webinars
Bookmark and Share About Us  |  Careers  |  Privacy Policy
Copyright Union for Reform Judaism 2015.  All Rights Reserved