As an experienced educator and community programmer as well as rebbetzin, Judi Steinig of Queens is ready to tackle her next role as Associate Director of Community Services in the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement. Mrs. Steinig expressed her desire to join the OU team for its far-reaching communal outreach. “I think the work of the Orthodox Union is legendary,” she says. “It is a privilege to become involved with the critical klal work of the OU, known for its resources and wonderful programming that enrich Jewish lives.”
Prior to her position at the Orthodox Union, Mrs. Steinig served as the Director of Programming for the National Council of Young Israel, where she provided resources and assistance for member synagogues and sisterhoods in addition to coordinating programming for singles, women, families, rebbetzins and sandwich generation caregivers. Previously, she was Program Director of the American Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers, creating a public awareness and action program that she implemented while lecturing in numerous venues throughout the Northeastern United States.
“In my 16 years at Young Israel, I endeavored to create programs to meet the needs of the communities.” she said. “I am looking forward to being part of the OU team that is so successful in this area. My goal in the coming weeks and months is to understand and address the concerns of each synagogue’s constituency.”
Rabbi Judah Isaacs, Director of the Department of Community Engagement, praised Mrs. Steinig’s experience with communal programming and her insights into the American Jewish community. “Rebbetzin Steinig comes to the Orthodox Union with a lot of experience in planning a wide variety of communal programs,” said Rabbi Isaacs. “She also has an extensive knowledge of the Orthodox Jewish community nationwide. One of her responsibilities will be to develop new programming nationwide for active retirees.”
Mrs. Steinig graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She earned a Master’s Degree from Bellevue University in leadership and teaches on-line as an adjunct professor in the Human Services division. Additionally, she also has certificates in non-for-profit management from Touro College and desktop publishing from Queens College.
She is married to Rabbi Sholom Steinig, who has been the Mara d’Asra of the Young Israel of Bayside since 1980. They have four children and three grandchildren.