Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Advisory Council's Third Annual Advisory Council Honors

Monday, April 13, 2015

The HUC-JIR Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Advisory Council will hold its Third Annual Advisory Council Honors (formerly SJNM/SJCS Alumni Reception) on May 17, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The ZSJNM Advisory Council Honors reception takes place each year during graduation weekend to celebrate HUC-JIR ZSJNM/SJCS alumni and other members of the ZSJNM community. 

This year, the ZSJNM Advisory Council will give special recognition to the 2015 ZSJNM Advisory Council Honorees:

  • Lori Marx-Rubiner, M.A.J.C.S., M.S.W., HUC-JIR ZSJNM Honorary Doctoral Degree Recipient
  • Rebecca Weintraub, Ph.D., Clinical Professor and Director, Master of Communication Management Program, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • Richard Siegel, Retiring Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

The Honors Reception will include remarks from Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President. 

Jay Geller, Chair of the ZSJNM Advisory Council, expects a record turnout for this year's Honors event. "In addition to honoring Lori Marx-Rubiner who will be receiving an honorary doctoral degree, and a tribute to retiring ZSJNM Director Richard Siegel, the Council, for the first time, will be recognizing one of our USC dual degree partners, Dr. Rebecca Weintraub, who has been an adviser and teacher for students pursuing a dual degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR and a Masters in Communications at USC." 


Lori Marx-Rubiner knew she would be attending HUC-JIR long before she knew anything about a Jewish Communal Service degree. She grew up involved in her Chicago synagogue, CFTY and NFTY, and spent a decade of summers at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute. OSRUI campers were often told they were Reform Judaism’s future leaders, and Lori took that as a mandate.

Lori earned her MAJCS/MSW in 1990. After graduation she chose a career as a synagogue-based Program Director, focused on innovative programs around Jewish holidays and life-cycle events.  She then moved to Hillel, where she focused on organizational development and growth, and Jewish content for students. She served Hillel in Orange County and Los Angeles, and with the national Jewish Campus Service Fellows.

In 2002, after undergoing breast cancer treatment, Lori parlayed her experience into bikkur cholim training and support with The Jewish Federation, and then as the Program Director at Temple Aliyah, where she brought her creative spirit and love of Judaism to help members connect and deepen their experience of Jewish life.

After a recent metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, Lori retired from her professional life. She is now a lay leader with many organizations, and serves as president of METAvivor, funding research directed at eradicating this fatal disease.

Lori lives in Encino with her husband John and 16-year-old son Zachary, and blogs at www.regrounding.me.

As a Clinical Professor of Communication at USC in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Rebecca Weintraub directs both the on-campus and on-line Master of Communication Management programs. ZSJNM students can earn the MCM as a dual degree option, and Rebecca has been a strong supporter and advocate for the program, as well as an advisor and teacher for numbers of SJNM students over the years. 

Rebecca teaches courses in strategic communication and consulting, and she provides strategic communication and facilitation consulting services to organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. 

She has spent more than 30 years in the field of communication, facilitation, change management and organizational behavior. Prior to coming to USC, she was on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona, she was Director of Corporate Communications at Hughes Electronics, and was a senior consultant at Towers Perrin.

Rebecca received her Bachelors Degree from UCLA and her Masters and Ph.D. degrees from USC.  She roots for whoever is winning at halftime!


Richard Siegel was appointed Interim Director of the then HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service in December 2007 and became Director of the newly renamed HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management in August, 2010.  Under his leadership, the school  has flourished; it has completed a new strategic plan, expanded its curriculum and faculty in nonprofit management, overhauled its online presence, improved its image both locally and nationally, and strengthened relationships with its Alumni Association and Advisory Council.

Prior to moving to LA in 2006, Richard served as Executive Director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York.  During his 28 years at the NFJC, he both secured the Foundation's traditional support for Jewish scholarship and cultural preservation, as well as launched the organization's leading role in exploring, promoting and supporting the arts as an expression and shaper of contemporary Jewish identity.

We salute Richard Siegel, our retiring Director, as an esteemed HUC-JIR ZSJNM Advisory Council Honoree who has left his indelible imprint on both the School and in our hearts.


Questions? Contact Aaron Herman at aherman@huc.edu or 213-765-2105.

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