Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi Lord of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth since September 1, 1991, the sixth incumbent since 1845. In July 2009, appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.
Prior to becoming Chief Rabbi Lord, Rabbi Sacks served as Principal of Jews' College, London, the world's oldest rabbinical seminary, as well as rabbi of the Golders Green and Marble Arch synagogues in London. He gained rabbinic ordination from Jews' College and London's Yeshiva Etz Chaim.
Stephen J. Savitsky of Hewlett, Long Island, NY, completed his third two-year term as Orthodox Union President in January, and assumed the position of Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Savitsky was a dynamic President, introducing a stunning variety of new programs, traveling North America and the world on behalf of the Orthodox Union, and visiting Jewish communities large and small – not to mention the White House -- to deliver the OU message.
Prior to his presidency, Mr. Savitsky served as Chairman of the Board, as well as Chair of the OU Kashrut Commission, which oversees the work of the department which provides much of the funding for OU programming.
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE: Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel received his doctorate in Education (E.D.D.) from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, as well as a B.A., B.S. and Masters in Education from Yeshiva University. Nachum has been an educator and outreach professional for more than 30 years, working with thousands of youth and adults. His experience includes informal Jewish education, and he has written numerous curricula, including a methodology with lesson plans on how to teach courses on Jewish Identity & Values – using media. He has lead weeklong seminars in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa for educators. Recently he helped run the 28 Hillel centers in the Former Soviet Union.
Former rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, a prominent synagogue in Baltimore of 400 families. Rabbi Gottlieb and his family recently made Aliyah and he is currently teaching at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Midreshet Amit and was commissioned to author a book about the laws of the Yamim Tovim. Rabbi Gottlieb’s articles are online at www.yutorah.org
Serves as the Rabbi of Ohel Ari Congregation in Ra'annana. Recently he founded with a few colleagues the new movement of "Beit Hillel – Tolerant Spiritual Leadership" and is the chairman of Beit Hillel. Rabbi Neuwirth served in the years 2007-2012 as the head of the overseas department director of Tzohar Rabbinical organization and the director of the "Tzohar Open Communities" project.
A lawyer, specializing in Tax and Commercial law in Israel. She holds a Ph.D. Degree in Tax Law from the Haifa University in the field of International Taxation of E-commerce in Haifa University. She teaches law at Haifa and Bar Ilan universities and teaches Torah in Matan HaSharon Raanana and in other frameworks. Between the years 2004-2006 Pnina was a visiting professor at Stern College for Women and taught Jewish Studies in the fields of Torat Eretz Yisrael and Jewish Philosophy. She writes for the column “Women in the Bible” for the “Makor Rishon” Newspaper in Israel.
Minister of Science in the Israeli Government, and the head of the Habayit Hayehudi party, has been serving as the Rabbi of the neighborhood of Ahuza, Haifa since 1997, being in charge of 23 synagogues. Since 1996 he has been serving as the head of a Rabbinical conversion court. He has written numerous halachic and Jewish philosophical articles, has given numerous lectures, has officiated in over 400 weddings, etc.
Principal, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Melbourne, Australia. Born in London, he studied at Oxford University and Yeshivot in Israel, and has served as a Student Counsellor, and Principal of Jewish Day schools in Manchester and London. He currently leads Australia's Melbourne’s largest Jewish day school with over 1500 student pupils.
Since receiving ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn in 1968, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar has worked as an emissary for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In 1969 he founded the Landow yeshiva Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He has served as its principal and dean of its elementary, academy, and high school studies.
Stephen J. Savitsky of Hewlett, Long Island, NY, was installed as the Orthodox Union's President at its Biennial National Convention in Jerusalem in November, 2004. Mr. Savitsky had been Chairman of the Board since the previous OU Convention in December, 2002.
Rabbi Steven Weil is the Executive Vice President, the chief professional officer of the Orthodox Union. In that capacity, he will have day-to-day responsibility for running the largest Orthodox synagogue umbrella group in the world, overseeing its staff and programs, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and above all, projecting an image of leadership and vision throughout the Orthodox Jewish community worldwide.
In 1977 Rabbi Hier came to Los Angeles to create the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named in honor of famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Under his leadership, the Center has become one of the foremost Jewish human rights agencies in the world, with a constituency of more than 400,000 families, and offices throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, Israel and Argentina. In 1993, an article in the Los Angeles Times noted that Rabbi Hier had made the Wiesenthal Center, "the most visible Jewish organization in the world" and, in 2007, an article in Newsweek named him the "number one most influential rabbi in America."
Rabbi Dr. Basil Herring is the chief executive of the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest association of Orthodox Rabbis in the world. He has served in that position since July 2003. Given his position, he plays a leadership role on a day to day in dealing with many of the major religious, cultural, communal, and political issues and challenges currently facing the Jewish community, both internally and in relationship to the world at large. He is also instrumental in providing professional, educational, and support services for the 1000 members of the RCA.
A distinguished communal Rabbi for over 35 years, Rabbi Riskin continues to change the face of modern Orthodox Jewry in Israel and the Diaspora. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rabbi Riskin graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Yeshiva University in 1960, where he majored in Greek, Latin and English literatures. He received his Smicha (rabbinical ordination) from the eminent Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Riskin holds a Master's Degree in Jewish History and was awarded his PhD from New York University's department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature.
is the author of five major books (include The Power of Hope and a CD-ROM entitled Love and Marriage. He is most popularly known for his The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, first issued in 1969 and considered one of the best Jewish books of the year by The New York Time.
is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. The Forward, in its annual survey of Jewish leaders, named Rabbi Schneier one of the 50 most prominent Jews in the United States, and Newsweek Magazine named him one of America's top 50 rabbis
Rabbi Yehoram Ulman has served as a Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of a large community in Sydney Australia since 1986. He and his wife Shternie had been sent there as emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rabbi Ulman heads an organization called FREE (Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe) which is responsible in connecting thousands of immigrants from the former Soviet Union to their Jewish roots.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson is one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today, lecturing to audiences on six continents and in forty states, and serving as a teacher and mentor to thousands across the globe.
Dr. Charlotte Slopak Gollerreceived her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in NYC., and worked in hospitals and the New York Family Court as well as in private practice in Manhattan.