Jun. 13, 2013
NEW YORK – Joshua Weinberg has been unanimously approved by the Board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) to serve as the next President of the organization.
Joshua Weinberg is a product of the Reform Jewish movement. He spent many summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Wisconsin, is a former Eisendrath International Exchange Student and was a leader of many NFTY in Israel programs. Weinberg has many years of experience as an educator and as an administrator of programs, both in Israel and in the United States. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin and his MA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has served as a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces and on the staff of the Israel Consulate in Chicago. He currently serves as the Director of the Israel Program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He made aliyah to Israel ten years ago and will receive rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR when he completes the Israel Rabbinic Program in November 2013.
Weinberg will officially begin his duties with ARZA on September 1. Together with his wife Mara, their daughter Noa, and a new baby daughter born May 30th (one of Israel’s and the Jewish People’s newest citizens), the Weinberg family will be moving to the New York area from where Josh will begin his Shlichut on ARZA’s behalf.
“The selection of Joshua Weinberg concludes an international search process that began in October 2012. Josh was one of numerous, highly qualified candidates. His outstanding commitment to both Zionism and Reform Judaism made his selection a compelling one for all of us, and we believe that Josh will lead us well in the coming years as ARZA embarks upon its future,” said Rabbi Bennett Miller, ARZA Chairman.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, added, “Josh Weinberg is an inspiring product of our Reform Movement who has Israel in every fiber of his being. I’m confident that he will lead ARZA to new strength and effectiveness.”
ARZA, The Reform Israel Fund, is the Israel voice of the Reform Movement in the United States, and seeks to make Israel fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identities of Reform Jews. ARZA champions and supports activities that help build an inclusive and democratic Israeli society. Find out more at www.arza.org.