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.