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October 7, 2015 | 24th Tishrei 5776

Contact: Emily Grotta
UAHC Department of Communications

UAHC Promotes Two Rabbis to National
Positions at Reform Movement Headquarters in New York

Two rabbis who have been helping Reform congregations through their service in regional offices of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations have been promoted to positions in the New York headquarters.

Rabbi Richard Address, who served as director of the Pennsylvania Council since 1978, is moving to New York City as the full time director of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns, which he has served on a part-time basis since 1997. Rabbi Address was instrumental in creating the department, which provides guidance and resources on issues ranging from divorce and aging to bioethical issues, eating disorders, and other concerns.

Rabbi Sue Levi-Elwell, formerly the associate director of the Pennsylvania Council, has succeeded Rabbi Address as director.

Rabbi Peter Schaktman, who served as the associate director of the Greater New York Council of Reform Synagogues (GNYCRS) for more than four years, became director of the UAHC?s Department of Small and New Congregations in December. The department serves the unique needs of small congregations (fewer than 250 households) and congregations that have joined the Union within the past two years.

Rabbi Schaktman, who was the acting director of the New York region following the death of Rabbi Julie Spitzer, served congregations in Lake Charles, LA, and Houston, TX, before joining the UAHC in 1996.


The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of the Reform Movement in North America, and unites 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 congregations across the United States and Canada. UAHC services include music and book publishing, camps, adult education, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.  


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