Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), representing the largest Jewish movement in North America, with almost 900 congregations representing nearly 1.5 million people. For nearly 150 years, the URJ has been at the forefront in promoting an open, progressive Judaism in North America, Israel, and around the world.
An innovative thought leader and representative of progressive Judaism, Rabbi Jacobs has been featured by The New York Times and appeared on CNN. He spent 20 years as a dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y. and, dedicated to global social justice issues, he has led disaster response efforts in Haiti and Darfur. He also served Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, where he founded and co-directed the first synagogue-based homeless shelter in New York City.