OU to Present Regional Seminar in Synagogue Administration in Baltimore on June 11

10 May 2006

The Orthodox Union Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services and the Department of Community Services will present the latest in a series of regional seminars/leadership development programs on synagogue administration when they come to Baltimore on Sunday, June 11 with sessions devoted to synagogue governance and recruiting committed volunteers. The program is directed to synagogue rabbis, presidents, executive directors, board members and synagogue leaders, and has been held in communities throughout North America.

The seminar will take place at Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, 7504 Seven Mile Lane from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. It is free for leaders of OU synagogues with an $18 charge for leaders of not-yet-OU member synagogues.

The program will include:
* Synagogue Governance: Board Dynamics and Structure, with Leonard Silverman, Executive Director of New York City’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, which sponsors the Ramaz yeshiva;
* Recruiting Committed Volunteers Within the Synagogue and Board, with Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects; and
* A luncheon session at which Frank Buchweitz and Rabbi Mayer Waxman, OU Director of Synagogue Services, will lead a discussion on Synagogue Needs and share a listing of Orthodox Union programs available to synagogues.

“The OU’s Departments of Synagogue and Community Services are pleased to present their regional seminars for synagogue administration in locations all over North America, and we are delighted to be coming to Baltimore, which has such a thriving Orthodox community,” Rabbi Waxman and Frank Buchweitz declared in a statement. “There are certain basics which are central to the core of every synagogue to grow and thrive. These include governance and leadership development. We are therefore pleased to be able to share the OU’s expertise in these areas with the synagogues, in addition to discussing the individual needs of the synagogues in attendance and how the OU can and does respond to those needs.”

OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb served for 13 years as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, before coming to the OU in 2002.

For further information, contact Rabbi Daniel Rockoff at the OU at 212-613-8258 or rockoff@ou.org.