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October 25, 2014 | 1st Cheshvan 5775

The World Union for Progressive Judaism Announces Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs as President

Jerusalem, Israel - The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) is delighted to announce the appointment of Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs to the position of President of the organization.Rabbi Fuchs has served as the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford Connecticut since 1997. He has also served as Adjunct Professor at the Hartford Seminary, Connecticut. Prior positions include Senior Rabbi at Congregation Ohabai Shalom in Nashville, Tennessee and Rabbi at Temple Isaiah, Columbia, Maryland.

After his long and successful career as a congregational leader, Rabbi Fuchs has now committed to devote all his time and energy to the advancement of Progressive Jewish life in Israel and around the world. This life-long ambition can now be realised.

Rabbi Fuchs said: "To work for klal yisrael, to advance Progressive Jewish life in Israel and around the world is the opportunity for which I have been preparing my entire life. I know that working together as a team, a dedicated staff with a deeply committed group of lay leaders can and will make the World Union's wonderful work even more effective in the years ahead".

Chairman, Mike Grabiner commented: "I am very excited by the opportunity that the appointment of Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will give to the WUPJ. He is a visionary leader, an excellent speaker and advocate, and is passionate about the development of Progressive Judaism in Israel and around the world".

The Honorary Life President of the WUPJ, Rabbi Richard Hirsch, fully endorsed the appointment: "I heartily congratulate Rabbi Stephen Fuchs on his selection as the next President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Rabbi Fuchs has a distinguished record of service and leadership in the rabbinate. He has a sterling reputation as a scholar, a Jewish educator, a social activist and community leader. He is a role model of a spiritual leader who manifests throughout his entire career the noblest Jewish values.

I personally am delighted with the decision to appoint Rabbi Fuchs. I pledge to assist him whenever called upon in the vital task of advancing the cause of Progressive Judaism in Israel and throughout the world".

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the URJ, said: "I greet with great enthusiasm the appointment of Rabbi Stephen Fuchs as the new President of the WUPJ.

Rabbi Fuchs combines a deep commitment to world Jewry and a profound love for Israel with long experience in Reform congregational life. He has been a distinguished leader of North American Jewry, and he will be a distinguished leader of world Jewry, uniting Reform Jews everywhere under the banner of progressive Jewish ideals".

Rabbi Fuchs will take up his appointment in early July and will divide his time equally between North America and Israel, as well as visiting World Union communities around the world.

The WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving more than 1,200 congregations with over 1.8 million members in 44 countries. The World Union strengthens Jewish life in Israel and worldwide by establishing and supporting modern, pluralistic congregations and institutions, developing Jewish communal and youth leadership and advancing social justice.

For more information please contact: wupjis@wupj.org.il

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