Sue Neuman Hochberg

Sue Neuman Hochberg, elected to the Board of Governors, March 9, 2009.

The Immediate Past Chair and former Secretary of the Board, Hochberg is the second woman to be its Chair in its 143-year history. Hochberg joined HUC-JIR’s Western Region Board of Overseers in 2000 and served as its Chair.

Hochberg is a leader in the Los Angeles philanthropic community. She has served on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1994, their Executive Committee (1998-2015), and became a Life Trustee in 2015, is past President (1992-1996) of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary and has held numerous positions with the Jewish Federation in Los Angeles.

In her professional life, Hochberg worked as Comptroller for Demographic Research Company, which created software programs for the direct mail industry. During that time, she served on the National Board of the Direct Mail Industry.

She is married to Larry Hochberg, the founder and developer of Sportmart stores, who also has a long history of involvement in the Jewish philanthropic world.

Sue Hochberg’s daughter, Laurie Rice, and Laurie’s husband, Philip Rice, were ordained in 2001 at HUC-JIR in New York. They currently serve as co-Senior Rabbis of Congregation Micah in Nashville, Tennessee. Her son Bobby Neuman is a race-track announcer for the thoroughbreds and thrice weekly radio show on the Horseracing Radio Network.

Sue and Larry Hochberg divide their time between Chicago and Los Angeles, and are members of Congregation Micah in Nashville, Tennessee, and Temple Akiba, Culver City, California.