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Friday Night Dinner 27th March - Rabbi Steven Burg PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Goldring   
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:52

Friday night dinner - 27th March

Special Guest Speaker Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Steve Burg

Rabbi Steven Burg is the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe. Rabbi Burg oversees the East Coast office of the Simon Wiesenthal center. With a local membership of over 150,000, the tri state area is the most active branch of the SWC in the world.

Rabbi Burg has close relationships with many elected officials. He has met with Presidents Obama and Bush multiple times on behalf of the Jewish community. Rabbi Burg was part of one of the first Jewish delegations to meet Pope Francis soon after his appointment. Known as a gifted orator, he has been asked to speak at many political functions and inaugurations. Rabbi Burg also enjoys a close and warm relationship with many organizations in the African American and Latino communities. He was recently the guest speaker for the NAACP at their annual gathering for Black History month.

Rabbi Burg is a founding board member, along with survivors of the Rwanda genocide, of the Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF). Rabbi Burg is a well-known human rights advocate who lectures frequently on the topic of genocide.

Rabbi Burg serves as the President of the Positive Learning Collaborative (PLC) a consortium of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) dedicated to training educators to ensure that every child develops the social, emotional and academic skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

Rabbi Burg also oversees the Museum of Tolerance New York on 42nd street in midtown Manhattan. The Museum is a state of the art facility where teens from all over New York State learn the important lessons of tolerance and speaking out against hate. At the museum many New York State Law Enforcement officers are trained through the world renowned Tools for Tolerance training programs that deal with racial profiling and many other cores issues of law enforcement.

Rabbi Burg has been interviewed by and appeared on Fox, Al-Jazeera, 1010Wins, NBC, Shalom TV and many other media outlets. In addition, he has written dozens of articles that have appeared around the globe. Rabbi Burg is also the host of a radio show called "Community Roundtable with Rabbi Steven Burg" on the Nachum Segal network.

A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Burg received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Rabbi Burg has a Masters in Medieval Jewish History and has completed management courses at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Following his ordination he embarked on a 22 year career at the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America (OU). In 2005, Rabbi Burg became the youngest International Director of NCSY, the youth movement of the OU, and spent the next years restructuring the organization. Under his leadership NCSY grew to service 35,000 jewish teens around the worls and sent over 2000 adolecents to Israel every summer. Through NCSY, Rabbi Burg became one of the foremost leaders in Jewish teen engagement and is considered an authority on teen spirituality and development.

Rabbi Burg also served as the Managing Director of the OU, a 70 million dollar agency, overseeing its array of religious, youth, social action, educational, public policy and community development services, programs and activities. The OU's kosher supervision label appears on over 500,000 products, the OU synagogue network encompasses over 800 synagogues across North America, and its youth movement, NCSY, inspires over 35,000 Jewish teens each year. Under Rabbi Burg's leadership, the OU increased internal efficiency, developed greater programming synergy among the OU's many branches, and redefined the OU's focus.

Rabbi Burg serves on the board of directors of the Yeshiva University High Schools and is a member of the Board of Education for the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey elementary school.

Rabbi Burg currently resides in Bergenfield, New Jersey with his wife Rachel and their six children Aryeh, Elie, Devorah, Zevi, Natan, and Ayelet.

He is an internationally sought after speaker on a multitude of topics. He is known for his affable manner and passionate delivery. He has lectured in over 30 States and Provinces in the USA and Canada, as well as Europe, South America & the Middle East.


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