Robert C. Kopple Elected Secretary of Board of Governors of HUC-JIR

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has elected Robert C. Kopple to serve as Secretary, as of January 1, 2007. 

Kopple is a longstanding member of the Board of Governors, and serves as Chair of HUC-JIR's Los Angeles Board of Overseers. "Bob Kopple's distinguished professional and communal leadership is a source of strength for our core mission: to produce effective professionals to serve the needs of the Jewish community and to help engage and cultivate the upcoming generations of Reform Jews," stated Rabbi Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. 

Kopple is involved in family wealth planning with the firm of Kopple & Klinger, LLP since 1993. He is a member of the Planning Committee of the University of Southern California Tax Institute since 1980, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Tax Institute since 1979. He has lectured extensively on tax matters including at the New York University Institute on Federation Taxation; University of Miami Estate Planning Institute; California Certified Public Accountants Education Foundation; California Continuing Education of the Bar; USC Gould School of Tax Law Institute; Practicing Law Institute; and at the UCLA Entertainment Tax Institute. 

Kopple received the B.A. in English in 1965 from De Paul University; the J.D. in 1967 from the School of Law, De Paul University; and the LL.M. in Taxation in 1968 from New York University. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1968, the California bar in 1969, and to the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Claims Court in 1969. He was the associate editor of the De Paul Law Review. 


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, 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. www.huc.edu