NEW YORK (Jan. 15)
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations was elected yesterday as chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The first leader of Reform Judaism to head the coalition of 32 national secular and religious Jewish organizations, Schindler succeeds Rabbi Israel Miller, who served two terms as chairman.
Schindler, who has been president of the association of Reform congregations since 1972, came to the United States with his family from Munich, where he was born, when the family fled the Nazis. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and served congregations in West Virginia and Massachusetts before joining the UAHC staff, which he served as director of education and later as vice-president. He is a member of the executive committee of the World Zionist Organization.