United Synagogue makes its choice


Courtesy of The Jewish Exponent (Rabbi Wernick’s hometown paper):

Rabbi Steven Wernick, religious leader of Adath Israel in Merion Station, has been tapped to be the next professional leader of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the movement’s congregational arm.

"I’m coming into this job with no illusions about all the challenges that exist," said Wernick, a Philadelphia native who has led the Main Line synagogue for seven years. Before that he spent six years at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J.

"I still feel that United Synagogue has something very important to say to the Jewish world," the rabbi said in a phone interview. …

The article includes some biographical details and information about his tenure at Adath Israel:

In just a few years, Wernick helped to revitalize Adath Israel and also became involved in the larger community. He serves as co-chair of the adult education committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning.

At his congregation, he said, one of the most innovative programs he helped fashion was the Tuttleman Leadership Institute, which each year identifies some 15 congregants who engage in text study, leadership training and personal growth programs.

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