HUC-JIR Inducts Three New Members to Western Board of Overseers of Jack H. Skirball Campus in LA
Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, inducted three new members to the Western Region Board of Overseers of the campus during its meeting on Monday, May 16, 2011. These individuals were presented by Mr. Hal Reichwald, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and include:
Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark, Executive Vice President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis (PARR). Goldmark served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Ohr of La Mirada, Calif., for more than 25 years and is now Rabbi Emeritus there.
Alan Zeichick, co-founder of BZ Media LLC, publisher of SD Times, the leading magazine for software developers. He also operates the consulting company Camden Associates. Zeichick is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Board of Trustees and is First Vice President at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, CA.
Marcie Zelikow, Board Member at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. A former executive recruiter who spent most of her career in sales management for an industrial publisher, she is chair of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Advisory Board at HUC-JIR’s Jack H. Skirball Campus.
Among those attending the meeting was Rabbi Richard Jacobs, President-designate of the Union for Reform Judaism. He was introduced by HUC-JIR President Rabbi David Ellenson, who said he was “beyond elated” at Jacobs’ selection. “All of us around the country look to him for vision and leadership,” Ellenson said.
In addressing the group, Jacobs spoke of the opportunities facing Reform Judaism and how the movement needs to re-imagine itself to take advantage of them. “Only compelling synagogues will matter,” he said. “We need entrepreneurial Jewish leaders.”
HUC-JIR has regional Boards of Overseers, comprised of distinguished communal and Reform Movement leaders, for each of its campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York. The Boards of Overseers are concerned with aid and support of HUC-JIR and the management of their respective schools, subject to the Board of Governors.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest 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 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 history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.