Steven R. Pruzan, a distinguished attorney and national leader of the North American Reform Movement, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Cincinnati on June 9, 2014. Pruzan has served on HUC-JIR’s Western Region Board of Overseers since 2007.
Pruzan is a partner in the law firm of Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan in Seattle, WA. He received his B.A. from Clarement Men’s (McKenna) College (1971) and his J.D. from Gonzaga Law School (1974), where he was an editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Among his honors and awards, he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and named a Super Lawyer – Washington Law and Politics. He has served on numerous committees of the Washington State Bar Association and Washington Association for Justice.
A devoted lifelong member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, he has held a number of leadership positions, including as its President, Member of the Board of Trustees and of its Executive Committee, and President of the Brotherhood.
For thirty years he has demonstrated his staunch dedication and support for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the umbrella organization linking the nearly 900 Reform synagogues and their nearly 2 million members in North America. He is presently a member of the URJ Board of Trustees and elected to the new Executive Committee. In the past he has served as a URJ Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee, member of the Oversight Committee, Vice Chair of the Worship Commission and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. He has also been a member of the Commission on Social Action, the Synagogue Management Commission, the Movement wide Dues Policy Review Committee, Vice Chair of the Commission on Synagogue Music as well as Vice Chair of the Fund for Reform Judaism. He was a member of the Presidential Search Committee which recommended the election of Rabbi Rick Jacobs. Mr. Pruzan also served on the ARZA board.