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