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Rabbi Stacy Offner Joins Union Staff as Vice President 

Rabbi Stacy OffnerNEW YORK—Rabbi Stacy Offner became the first woman to hold the position of vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism when she joined the New York based organization this August. After spending more than 24 years in Minnesota, where she was the first female rabbi to serve in the state, Rabbi Offner brings her expertise to help the Union better serve its congregations and leadership.

“We are thrilled that a rabbi with Stacy’s congregational leadership credentials is joining the senior management of the Union for Reform Judaism,” said Rabbi Daniel Freelander, senior vice president of the Union. “Our mission is to serve and strengthen Reform communities, and Rabbi Offner’s long tenure at Shir Tikvah Congregation and the many leadership roles she played in the Minneapolis area will bring new insight and focus to our programming,” he said.

“After being deeply engaged in congregational life for my entire career, it is exciting to lift the eye and consider the import and mission of all congregations throughout North America,” said Rabbi Offner. “We face a critical point in our Movement’s history. We must address questions of inclusion, access and diversity in all our decisions to assure the vibrant future of Reform Judaism. If I can be a part of enlivening our congregations and our Movement in just a small way, I will be deeply gratified.”

Rabbi Offner is the founding rabbi emerita of Shir Tikvah Congregation, founded in the Twin Cities in 1988. She served as adjunct professor of Jewish ethics at Hamline University, as a member of the ethics committee of Minneapolis/St. Paul Children's Hospital and as chair of the Socially Responsible Investing Committee of the Reform Pension Board. Rabbi Offner is a past president of the Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis, and was the first rabbi in Minnesota history to serve as the officially elected chaplain of the Minnesota State Senate. A magna cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, Rabbi Offner received her master's degree in Hebrew literature in 1982 and her rabbinic ordination in 1984, both from Hebrew Union College in New York.

The Union for Reform Judaism is the synagogue arm of Reform Judaism in North America, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 congregations across the United States and Canada. Union programs and services include youth camps, music and book publishing, adult education opportunities, Outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.

 
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