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Beverly Hills rabbi to lead O.U.

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The rabbi of the largest U.S. Orthodox synagogue outside the New York area was named to lead the Orthodox Union.

Rabbi Steven Weil, 42, of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, Calif., will succeed Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb as the umbrella organization’s executive vice president on July 1, 2009.

In a news released, the O.U. called Weil a “charismatic, sought-after orator and skilled fund-raiser.” Weil is a graduate of the rabbinical seminary at Yeshiva University and received a master’s degree in business from New York University.

His Beverly Hills congregation has 750 member families, according to its Web site.

Weinreb will transition to a new position, executive vice president emeritus, according to the release.

The Orthodox Union is the largest Orthodox umbrella organization in the United States.

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