Michael J. Halpern, Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Dorchester, was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in New York on June 8, 2015.
“Michael Halpern’s commitment to the Reform Movement and the Jewish people is a source of strength to our mission, as we prepare the professional and spiritual leaders for North American and world Jewry,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.
Halpern co-founded Dorchester. His current affiliation is with Dorchester Capital Advisors, a successor entity to Dorchester Partners. He has been an advisor to Matterhorn Partners, L. P., a fund of hedge funds, since its inception in 1996 and was the founder and portfolio manager of Dorchester Partners, L. P., an investment partnership with a long/short investment strategy, from 1992 to 1999. Prior to these roles, he was Vice President of Investments and Mergers and Acquisitions at Pacific Holding Company, Inc. from 1986 to 1991. He began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1983. He received a B.S. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
Halpern is a former member of Wilshire Blvd Temple in Los Angeles and served on its Board, and is currently affiliated with University Synagogue in Brentwood. He is a past co-chair of LA Couples, which is a Federation organization, and is a supporter of several Jewish organizations, including AIPAC, Skirball Center, Hillel, and Birthright.
Halpern and his wife, Nancy, a pediatrician, are the parents of two children.