The World Union for Progressive Judaism is led by a team of diverse, dedicated individuals around the world who are committed to pursuing and realizing the World Union’s mission together.

 
Our leadership comprises rabbis, educators and congregation officials as well as young people, from their teens through their twenties, who are the leaders of tomorrow. The World Union also works in close cooperation with leaders of major organizations of Reform and liberal Judaism in the United States and worldwide.

Representatives from dozens of countries sit on our International Assembly, the World Union’s legislative body, ensuring that the organization’s objectives are fulfilled. The Executive Board and Management Committee are the organizational bodies that oversee policy and operational efficiency.

 

Our Leadership:


 

Carole SterlingCarole Sterling, Chair

Carole has held many communal leadership positions in the Jewish community, including President of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, President of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Chair of UJA of Greater Toronto Women’s Campaign, and Chair of the URJ Biennial in 2011. She has been serving as Senior Vice Chair of the WUPJ since 2013.

Carole serves on many boards including Holy Blossom Temple, Union for Reform Judaism, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, CIJA LPC, Rachael’s Centre for Torah and Mussar, The Leo Baeck Day School and ARZA Canada.

Carole earned her both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Secondary Education from McGill University. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program and has received numerous awards including the Granovsky Award for Campaign Excellence, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Young Leadership Award and the United Israel Appeal Leadership Award.

Carole and her husband Jay live in Toronto, Canada, have two children, Lauren and Cory, and two beautiful grandchildren.

Carole Sterling can be reached at chair@wupj.org.il.
 


 

Rabbi David SapersteinAmbassador Rabbi David Saperstein, President (2019-2020)

Rabbi Saperstein is one of America’s most widely-known and highly-respected rabbis with extensive connections across religious, ideological, and political spectrums. Newsweek Magazine has called him the most influential rabbi in America and the Washington Post called him, “the quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.” 
 
The first rabbi to hold the title of U.S. Ambassador, Rabbi Saperstein dealt directly with the ministries of religion, justice, and foreign affairs in the 32 nations he visited, and developed deep ties with religious leaders and institutions in nations across the globe, including with many of our World Union congregations. 
 
An attorney as well as a rabbi, Rabbi Saperstein taught church-state law and comparative Jewish and American law at Georgetown University Law Center for 35 years. He has authored and edited several books on Jewish social justice themes and his articles have appeared in a number of academic and news publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Harvard Law Review.  
 
From his earliest childhood, Rabbi Saperstein has had deep personal ties to the WUPJ. His father, Rabbi Harold Saperstein, was a North American Chair of the World Union, served stints for rabbis on sabbatical at congregations in Great Britain and in South Africa, and, with his wife, Marcia, visited with many of our WUPJ congregations in their travels to more than 80 countries. His brother, Marc Saperstein, is a distinguished Jewish historian who has served as the Principal of WUPJ’s partner institution, Leo Baeck College in London.
 
Throughout his own career, Rabbi Saperstein has worked closely with the World Union: serving as a plenum speaker at numerous WUPJ events and conventions; speaking at, and consulting with, many WUPJ congregations; visiting many others, particularly during his recent tenure as U.S. Ambassador. Rabbi Saperstein also has deep ties with the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ), working closely with the Israel Religious Action Center since its inception.

Rabbi Saperstein, who will lead the World Union for Progressive Judaism as its President in 2019-20, can be reached at: davidsaperstein@wupj.org.
 

Senior Staff:


  • Eyal Ronder, Vice President for Operations, Israel
  • Danny Jaffe, Chief Financial Officer, Israel
  • Naomi Smook, Chief Advancement Officer, USA
  • Dr. Alex Kagan, Head of Global Strategic Planning and Rector of the Institute for Modern Jewish Studies (Moscow), Israel
  • Ziva Haller Rubenstein, Director of Marketing and Communications, Israel
  • Rita Fruman, Director of Programs and Operations in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, Israel
  • Lior Argaman, Director of Youth and Young Adult Engagement, Netzer Olami, Israel