Orthodox Union President Dr. Simcha Katz announced today that Ronald Wilheim, a native of Baltimore and now a resident of Cincinnati, has been appointed Chairman of Alumni Connections, the new OU program to promote contact with young alumni of NCSY and other Orthodox Union programs to keep them connected with the organization and with Jewish observance. Mr. Wilheim served as an NCSY | Jewish Youth Leadership advisor when he lived in Baltimore, along with Rabbi Dave Felsenthal, who is the Director of the program.
Dr. Katz declared, “OU Alumni Connections is a vibrant and growing division which enables the Orthodox Union to remain in contact with NCSY and other graduates as they navigate their way through college and beyond. I look forward to Ron Wilheim’s leadership in this crucial area so that we can better help many young people lead more fully-committed Jewish lives. We are indeed fortunate that Ron, with his business, communal and NSCY background, has accepted the Chairmanship of OU Alumni Connections.”
Mr. Wilheim said, “I am excited about working with Rabbi Dave Felsenthal connecting the alumni with great Jewish programs on campus. We spend years working with NCSY youth in high school and it is critical to help bring Jewish heritage and programming to them during their post-NCSY years.”
According to Rabbi Felsenthal, “Ronald and I were both advisors for Atlantic Seaboard NCSY in the 1980's. He was very popular and exciting, but what I remember most was his willingness to do anything to help the kids. One summer he drove door-to-door in Philadelphia so we could launch a real NCSY presence there, with NCSY only covering his expenses. Ronald was a huge part of the tremendous success of NCSY in those days and has continued as a lay leader in Atlantic Seaboard NCSY; the main supporter of Cincinnati NCSY; and now he has taken on the biggest challenge yet, as Chairman of NCSY Alumni.
“He has already approached this position with keen business insight as well as intimate knowledge of the value of the OU's investment in NCSY and the tremendous potential our alumni have to connect their peers with great Jewish programs on campus. I am very excited to have him as my partner!”
Mr. Wilheim attended Ner Yisroel Rabbinical College and Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore, then the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. He is a principal in a healthcare firm, Communicare Health Services in Cincinnati.
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