Rabbi Steven A. Fox, Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis addressed the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting on February 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, noted, “Rabbi Fox is a distinguished alumnus of the College-Institute and plays a major role in the Reform Movement in his capacity as the executive leader of the North American Reform rabbinate. His wisdom and guidance are essential to our success as we train the future rabbinical, cantorial, education, Jewish nonprofit management, and scholars for American and world Jewry.”
As Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Fox works with the CCAR’s elected leadership to foster excellence in the Reform Rabbinate through efforts that enhance the personal and professional lives of rabbis.
Rabbi Fox is a former attorney and professional mediator, with 18 years of experience advising individual rabbis and cantors, as well as congregations and other non-profits, on a variety of issues, including contract matters, employment disputes, board relations, charitable gifts, and grants, and wellness and other organizational concerns. He is a skilled mediator, having addressed and helped to resolve many diverse and challenging disputes among rabbis, educators and congregations.
A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Fox was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1980. He previously served as an adjunct rabbi of Temple Isaiah in L.A. where he focused his work on deepening synagogue members’ spiritual lives and growth through Jewish meditation, contemplative practices and text study. Earlier, he served Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Steve and his wife Vicki Reikes Fox, a museum consultant and artist, founding director of the Museum of Southern Jewish History and author of Shalom Y’all, Images of Jewish Life in the American South, are the parents of two children, Bailey and Adam.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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 heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu