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Monday, June 2, 2003

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Fredi Rembaum as HUC-JIR’s Director of Development, Western Region. Starting June 2, 2003, Rembaum will direct HUC-JIR’s fundraising and development campaign across the Western Region of the United States. She will be in charge of the capital campaign for the Western Region and will head the planned giving campaign. In addition, she will work on other key areas such as community work and outreach.

Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Dean of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, stated: “I am delighted to be welcoming someone with Fredi’s ability to the team at HUC-JIR. She has all the attributes necessary to lead a successful fundraising campaign in this time of growing economic crisis, when universities across the country are feeling the effects of a decline in funding and donors. It is important that we have on board someone like Fredi with a proven track record in fundraising and development. The skills that she possesses will enable us to raise the funds which HUC-JIR needs for it to develop, thrive, and meet the needs of Reform Jews everywhere.”

Rembaum has had a long and successful history of community development and fundraising within the Los Angeles Jewish community. She has worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the past 19 years, holding a number of key development positions there. Well respected for her work both within the Jewish community and beyond, she is widely regarded as one of the city’s most creative community professionals. 

Among her previous successes, she helped raise $20 million in 2002 for The Jewish Federation Jews in Crisis Campaign and $50 million from the Los Angeles community, while Assistant Campaign Director for Operation Exodus, the effort in the early 1990s to raise funds to rescue and resettle Soviet and Ethiopian Jews in Israel. More recently she has won widespread acclaim for her work in creating the successful Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership as Director of Israel and Overseas Relationships. Since 2001, she served as Development Director of International Programs.

Rembaum has also worked as a senior outreach worker for the City of Los Angeles, a private psychotherapist, and a family education consultant for the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles. Before taking on a development role with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, she worked as Assistant Director for the Council on Jewish Life. 

Rembaum received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Social Work from New York University and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.