Steven R. Pruzan Inducted onto Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


From left: Irwin Engelman, Steven R. Pruzan, and Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D.

Steven R. Pruzan, a distinguished attorney and national leader of the North American Reform Movement, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Cincinnati on June 9, 2014. Pruzan has served on HUC-JIR’s Western Region Board of Overseers since 2007.

“Steven Pruzan’s profound commitment to the mission of Reform Judaism is a source of great strength as we plan for the future of our seminary for the Reform Movement in North America and Israel, and our global institution of higher Jewish learning for the Jewish people worldwide,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, President.

Pruzan is a partner in the law firm of Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan in Seattle, WA.  He received his B.A. from Clarement Men’s (McKenna) College (1971) and his J.D. from Gonzaga Law School (1974), where he was an editor of the Gonzaga Law Review.  Among his honors and awards, he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and named a Super Lawyer – Washington Law and Politics. He has served on numerous committees of the Washington State Bar Association and Washington Association for Justice.

A devoted lifelong member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, he has held a number of leadership positions, including as its President, Member of the Board of Trustees and of its Executive Committee, and President of the Brotherhood. 

For thirty years, he has demonstrated his staunch dedication to the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the umbrella organization linking the nearly 900 Reform synagogues and their 1.5 million members in North America.  He is a member of its Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of the newly constituted Worship Commission and Audit Committee, Member of the Commission on Social Action and the Movement-wide Dues Policy Review Committee, and URJ representative to the ARZA Board. He has served as URJ Vice Chair and Member of the Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Commission on Synagogue Music, Chair of the Insurance Oversight Committee, Vice Chair of the Fund for Reform Judaism Committee, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Biennial Resolutions,  and as a Member of the Commission on Synagogue Management, Budget Committee, Nominating Committee, Presidential Search Committee, Vice President of the Regional Board, and Chair of the Regional Biennial Convention. 


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