Fredi Rembaum, retired from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion since 2015, rejoined the Institutional Advancement Department on a time-limited basis as Philanthropic Advisor in September 2020. Her duties and responsibilities include developing and maintaining key donor and alumni relationships in the greater Los Angeles area and elsewhere on the West Coast, providing meaningful touchpoints for philanthropic and leadership engagement with HUC-JIR, and cross-institutional collaboration for campaign planning and building a top prospects pipeline for major gifts. She reports to the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Serena Young.
Prior to her retirement, Fredi worked for 12 years at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, most recently as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and, for 9 years prior, as Director of Development for the Los Angeles campus and Western Region, focusing on endowments for scholarships, faculty positions, and programs. Previously, Fredi served the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for 20 years in several positions, including Director of Israel and Oversees Relations, where she oversaw allocations for Pluralism and Diversity programs in Israel, and envisioned and spearheaded the Tel Aviv – Los Angeles Partnership, and as Assistant Campaign Director during the Operation Exodus campaign.
For five years post-retirement, she, along with her husband, Rabbi Joel Rembaum, spent the winter semester in Berlin, Germany, where Joel taught Talmud and other courses as Guest Halakha Professor at the Zacharias Frankel College, an eight-year old Masorti/Conservative rabbinic seminary, co-affiliated with the University of Potsdam’s School of Jewish Theology (the academic umbrella for both the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, the 20-year-old Progressive/Reform seminary, and the Frankel College), and the American Jewish University in Los Angeles’ Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She has also been teaching an introduction to fundraising course to about-to-be ordained students of both seminaries.