You are invited to the 8th Annual Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture, featuring a conversation with Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Join us on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00) at Temple Emunah, Lexington when our Jewish community welcomes Rabbi Wernick to Boston.
On July 1, 2009, Rabbi Steven Wernick became the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's executive vice president and chief executive officer. Rabbi Wernick was born into the Conservative movement and has chosen to make it his life's work, so his understanding of it is bone-deep. The son of a Conservative rabbi, he is a former member of USY and Camp Ramah, active as a teenager and a young adult in the movement's youth group and its summer camp system. After his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota, Rabbi Wernick earned a master's degree in Hebrew letters from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (now the American Jewish University) and another in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary before he was ordained there. He spent six years as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; from 2001-2009 he was the spiritual leader of Adath Israel in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Wernick was president of his region's Rabbinical Assembly, the organization for Conservative rabbis, from 2006 to 2008, and during his rabbinate had been active in many other local organizations, both within and outside the Conservative movement. Rabbi Wernick's life experiences have taken him across North America; he has lived, studied, and taught in Manitoba, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Wernick and his wife, Jody, have three daughters; Ziva, 15, Hannah, 13, and Alana, 10. His father, Rabbi Eugene Wernick, is a longtime pulpit rabbi who graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1965 and now teaches advanced rabbinics at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union and is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Ohr in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
The Birnbaum Lecture brings together all components of the Jewish community for an evening of learning and unity. The lecture is named in memory of Connie Spear Birnbaum, who worked at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for many years towards an ideal of uniting the entire Jewish people - K'lal Yisrael. Want to become a Birnbaum Lecture sponsor? Gifts of any size will be greatly appreciated.
We are proud that Rabbi Wernick has agreed to come to Boston for the Birnbaum Lecture. The program is free and open to the public.
To be listed in the Program, please consider the following giving categories: Haverim ($36), Yedidim ($54), Shlichim ($100), Malachim ($250).
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