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Daryl Messinger, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism, Inducted into Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Daryl Messinger and Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President

Daryl Messinger, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Los Angeles on January 25, 2016.

“Daryl Messinger brings to HUC-JIR her lifelong commitment to the Reform Movement and her dedicated leadership of the URJ and its mission,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President. “We look forward to her active participation in the vital partnership that links the congregations and the seminary of Reform Judaism as we work together to ensure the Jewish future for generations to come.”

A resident of Palo Alto, CA, Messinger was installed as the URJ Chair at the URJ Biennial Convention in Orlando, FL, on November 5, 2015. Messinger is the first woman to hold the top lay leadership position in the URJ, which represents the largest and fastest growing constituency of Jews in North America, including nearly 900 synagogues and 1.5 million individuals.

Messinger has served on the URJ Board for 15 years and in Reform Movement-affiliated organizations in a wide variety of roles. A dynamic leader with a track record of sustained involvement and success, she has served as chair of the Reform Pension Board, which serves Reform Movement professionals and has a total portfolio of more than $1.2 billion.

She has been a key partner in helping to implement the URJ’s Campaign for Youth Engagement and in shaping the URJ’s 2020 Vision strategic plan. She currently also serves as chair for URJ Camp Newman Advisory Board (in Santa Rosa, CA), where she has been instrumental in raising over $22 million to-date for Camp Newman’s renovation, including the recent $4 million gift from the Koret Foundation. Messinger previously served as a vice chair and an assistant treasurer of the URJ.

Messinger’s congregational lay leadership experience is extensive. She served, at the age of 36, as the youngest president of her then 1,100-member congregation, Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA. She has served in a variety of roles there including as treasurer, chair of its capital campaign, chair of the rabbinic search committee, and volunteer coordinator of an innovative family education program.

Messinger is the President of Messinger Associates, Inc., a public relations and communications firm. 

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.