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.
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
Udi is one of the rising superstars on
Jewish horizon and has released four successful albums and working on his
Udi exploded onto Jewish music scene with his debut album "Aguda Achat".
It became one of the fastest selling recordings by a new star in recent memory. Since then Udi was the only Israeli Chassidic singer who won two years in a row the title of "Chassidic singer of the year"
Udi has performed in England, France, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Lithuania, Australia, South Africa and the USA and has performed in concerts with the greatest Jewish singers in the world.
Udi is also known for his ability as a chazzan to inspire the congregation to sing together and have an inspiring Tefila. He is invited around the world for Chazanut concerts and Shabbat services.
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.
Lenny Solomonis the creator, lead singer, keyboard player, composer and arranger of the band Shlock Rock. He has released 34 albums with his band which he started back in 1986. He has sold over 200,000 CD’s. and performed over 2000 concerts worldwide. Shlock Rock spreads a message of Jewish pride and identity with their music promoting Jewish continuity and Jewish education. In his last Israel release “A Shabbat in Liverpool” Lenny took 27 Beatles Songs and set them to the Tefilot and Zemirot of Shabbat. He made Aliyah in 1996 and lives in Bet Shemesh with his wife and four daughters.
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.
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
Chernofsky was raised in New York where he was active in Bnei Akiva, and NCSY for many years. As an educator, Phil taught Jewish Studies, math and science at Yeshiva of Central Queens until his Aliyah in 1981. After making Aliyah, Phil joined OU Israel as educational director of the Israel Center. He produces OU Israel’s popular Torah publication, Torah Tidbits, and broadcasts a weekly radio show, carried by Israel National Radio. He and his wife, Toni, live in Ramot Eshkol where they enjoy much nachat from their children and grandchildren.
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.
Dr. Yael Ziegler is a lecturer in Tanakh at Herzog College and Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States and Europe. She lives in Alon Shvut, Israel, with her husband and their five children. Dr. Ziegler is the author of *Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative*, and her book on* Megillat Ruth*will be published later this year.
Rabbi Reuven Ziegler is Director of Research at the Toras HoRav Foundation, Chairman of the Editorial Board at Koren Publishers Jerusalem, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yeshivat Har Etzion's Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash. He is author of *Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik* and editor of works by Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehuda Amital. He has lectured widely to yeshiva and college students and has served as scholar-in-residence at synagogues on three continents.
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.