Stephen M. Sacks is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism, the top lay leadership position in the Reform Movement. The Union is the congregational arm of Reform Judaism, representing more than 900 synagogues and 1.5 million Reform Jews in North America.
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,
After serving on the Association of Reform
Zionists of Americas board, Sacks joined the Unions board in 1999.As
the Unions general counsel since 2003, a volunteer position, Sacks has
served on most of the organizations major committees that deal with
many facets of its business, including those that involve the camping
system and the Religious Action Center.He also spearheaded several
special projects, including, for example, reorganizing the Unions 14
regions into four districts.During this same timeframe, Sacks also
served as general counsel for the World Union for Progressive Judaism
and has worked actively in matters related to Progressive congregations
in Israel and throughout the world.
An attorney with Arnold & Porter LLP, Sacks
works in the law firms Washington, D.C. office where he specializes in
representing corporations and accounting firms in complex litigations,
as well as in investigations and proceedings conducted by the Securities
and Exchange Commission.