Michael M. Lorge was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union college-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on May 4, 2009 at HUC-JIR’s New York campus.
“As the son of a distinguished rabbinical alumnus, Rabbi Ernst M. Lorge, of blessed memory, ordained in Cincinnati in 1942, and as the father of a rabbinical student, Ari Lorge, Michael Lorge has a great understanding and commitment to our institution’s mission and goals. His dedication to the Reform Movement is a source of expertise and guidance as we seek to strengthen the Jewish future,” said Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.
Lorge is a partner in the commercial law and litigation practice of Bronson & Kahl, LLC, in Chicago, and has represented Jewish professionals and congregations in contract negotiations and mergers. He is an elected Trustee of the Village of Skokie, produces the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, the largest ongoing Jewish festival in America, and co-author of A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping,published by the University of Alabama Press.
He grew up at Temple Beth Israel, Skokie (formerly Chicago) and the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). He is a past chair of the OSRUI Board, a faculty member of OSRUI, and a past president of the congregation where he grew up.
Michael Lorge and his wife, Susie, are the parents of Alyssa (married to Howie Dryver), Ilana, Ari, and Sari, and the grandparents of Ella.
HUC-JIR’s Board of Governors, comprised of distinguished communal and civic leaders and HUC-JIR alumni, is invested with the governance of the College-Institute’s four campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York.