Rabbi 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.
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.
Rabbi Jonah Pesnerwas elected Senior Vice President of the URJ in 2011. Named
one of the most influential rabbis in America, he has been an inspirational
leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice. In his current position, he is a principal
architect in transforming the URJ and guiding the Reform Movement to become
even more impactful as the largest Jewish denomination in the world.
Mark 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.
Stephen 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,
Barbara Saidel is Chief Operating Officer of the Union for Reform Judaism. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), 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, HR, Communications, Facilities, Meetings & Conventions, URJ Books and Music, the Camping System, and the MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) Department.
Donna 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.
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.