Orthodox Union Names Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph as EVP & COO

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01 Jul 2020

Appointment Rounds Out Leadership Team Transition Begun Earlier This Year

NEW YORK – The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has appointed one of the country’s most dynamic Jewish communal leaders, Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph, as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Rabbi Dr. Joseph will work alongside the OU’s recently appointed executive vice president, Rabbi Moshe Hauer in leading the organization.

Rabbi Dr. Joseph will be the senior professional leader, responsible for all aspects of OU programs and operations, other than OU Kosher, and will begin his work on September 1st. Rabbi Hauer, who began work on May 1st, is the organization’s rabbinic leader, heading its communal-oriented efforts and serving as its professional religious/policy leader, and as primary spokesman. The two will work together following the retirement of EVP Emeritus Allen Fagin, who led the organization for the last six years.

Rabbi Dr. Joseph joins the OU from Yeshiva University where he served in a variety of roles over the last 16 years, most recently as senior vice president. In this position, he established and implemented strategic plans, managed the university’s operations, and played key roles on major initiatives such as the university’s response to the coronavirus. He received his Ed.D. in higher education management focusing on business strategy and his Bachelor of Arts degree in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, as well as his Master of Arts in Jewish philosophy. He resides in Lawrence, New York with his family.

“When the Board decided to bifurcate the responsibilities of the executive vice president last year, we had only hoped to find two outstanding individuals like Rabbi Hauer and Rabbi Dr. Joseph to be our new professional leaders, each coming to their posts with specific expertise, but together, forging a powerful team. We could not be more pleased,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “Rabbi Dr. Joseph is one of North America’s foremost dynamic Jewish communal leaders who brings vision, leadership and a new energy to the role of chief professional officer. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

“Rabbi Dr. Joseph’s reputation as a consummate professional and mensch precedes him and I’m very excited about working in partnership with him as we look to further strengthen our OU family internally and our services and offerings to the broader Jewish community,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer. “The OU has an ambitious agenda at a trying time. Coronavirus, anti-Semitism and racial strife present communal, spiritual and emotional challenges and opportunities that we must be prepared to meet. Rabbi Dr. Joseph will be a terrific partner to work with on these and other priorities.”

“I am excited to share the leadership of the OU and help to build the organization for the future. I’m grateful to all those who helped me get here, including my family, and look forward to working with Moishe Bane, the entire executive committee and board, the exceptionally talented Rabbi Hauer and the outstanding management team to position the OU for the future,” said Rabbi Dr. Joseph.

Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs. For more information, visit https://www.ou.org/.