Lynn Magid Lazar, President of the Women of Reform Judaism, was inducted onto HUC-JIR Board of Governors on Monday, March 22 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.
Rabbi David Ellenson stated, "Lynn Magid Lazar represents the vitality and creativity of the Women of Reform Judaism, which is HUC-JIR's single largest cumulative donor since 1913 through its nearly century-long annual scholarship support for our stateside rabbinical, cantorial, and education students and our Israeli rabbinical students. We look forward to Lynn Magid Lazar's wisdom and guidance as we continue to affirm our institution's egalitarian, inclusive stance that promotes the roles of women and men as leaders for the Jewish people."
Lazar was installed as president of Women of Reform Judaism at the 47th assembly in November 2009. She joined the WRJ Board of Directors in 1993, and served as chair of the Youth Committee, and WRJ Treasurer (1997-99). Lazar was vice-president for the Departments of Programming and Advocacy and Service to Sisterhoods and Districts, served as the program chair for the WRJ 44th Assembly in Minnesota, and was first vice president for the four-year term 2005 – 2009.
Women of Reform Judaism is the women’s agency and an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Founded in 1913, WRJ brings together more than 65,000 Jewish women in nearly 500 sisterhoods throughout North America, Israel and several other countries.
Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, Lynn Magid Lazar graduated from Goucher College and then earned a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked with blind and visually impaired children as an orientation and mobility specialist. She is currently co-owner of an aerobic exercise franchise and teaches classes as a certified instructor. Lazar and her husband, Dale, live in Pittsburgh, PA. Her proudest achievements are her daughter Jessica, sons Aaron and Ethan, daughter-in-law Sage, and stepson Brent.
Lazar has previously served on the sisterhood and Temple boards of Temple Beth Israel in York, PA in every capacity, including sisterhood president and second vice president of the congregation. She served as WRJ District #5 (currently WRJ Atlantic District) president from 1996-98. In her synagogue, Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh, PA, Lazar has served on the board of directors and currently serves on the board of her sisterhood.
In addition, Lynn Magid Lazar has served as a vice president on the regional board of the PA Council of the Union for Reform Judaism. As president of WRJ, she will serve on both the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the URJ, the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.
HUC-JIR is proud to welcome Lynn Magid Lazar to the Board of Governors.