Stephen M. Sacks, Chairman of the Union for Reform Judaism, was inducted onto 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, said, “As an ardent advocate for the Reform Movement, Steven Sacks is a treasured partner in fostering the growth of Reform Judaism throughout North America and around the world. His professional expertise and dedicated leadership are a source of strength as HUC-JIR addresses the changing needs of the Jewish people in the 21st century.”
Sacks is the lay leader of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the organization linking over 900 Reform synagogues throughout North America, including 1.5 million Reform Jews. He joined the URJ Board of Trustees in 1999. As the URJ’s General Counsel since 2003, a volunteer position, Sacks has served on most of the organizations major committees, including those that involve the camping system and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, which educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns. He also spearheaded the URJ’s 14 regions into four districts. During this same time frame, he served as general counsel for the World Union for Progressive Judaism and worked actively in matters related to Progressive congregations in Israel and throughout the world.
An attorney with Arnold & Porter LLP, Sacks works in the law firm’s Washington, DC office, where he specializes in representing corporations and accounting firms in complex litigations, as well as in investigations and proceedings conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A longtime resident of Chevy Chase, MD, Sacks is a member of Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD; Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C.; and Congregation Kol Ami, Frederick, MD. For the last 15 years, Sacks has sung with The Washington Chorus, a symphonic chorus that performs with the National Symphony Orchestra and has its own subscription series at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
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