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New Executive Director For UPJ

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The Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) has announced the appointment of long-time communal worker and leader, Steve Denenberg, as their new Executive Director for the region.

"We are delighted that a person of Steve's stature is moving into this important position" said UPJ President, Phyllis Dorey, "and we are confident that he will grow the organisation and increase its profile and presence in the Jewish communities of Australia, New Zealand and Asia, as well as ensuring effective representation at national and international forums."

Denenberg, currently CEO of Emanuel Synagogue, has been involved in the community as a highly respected worker and volunteer for almost 30 years. "This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that the wider community understands what progressive Judaism is all about, and that the voice of progressive Judaism is heard at all levels."

" The UPJ is the roof-body that resources 23 organisations, including synagogues, youth groups, schools and the Council of Progressive Rabbis, throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, including communities in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore. Its role is to support and develop Progressive Judaism in this region, through its congregations and affiliates, so that they are best able to meet the growing needs of their diverse and robust communities. The UPJ is a highly respected and valued member of the World Union of Progressive Judaism"

"Our first Executive Director, Janice Alper, left the UPJ in a much stronger position having guided and encouraged us to undertake new activities, programs and new directions. We need to build on these strong foundations, throughout the region especially leading to the development and expansion of the UPJ's leadership" said Ms Dorey

"However, we also need to represent, educate and advocate on behalf of Progressive Jews in this region, as well as in Israel and other parts of the world."

"Steve will officially commence work with the UPJ at the start of 2008 but will retain his involvement in the synagogue for several months as a transition period in order to ensure a smooth handover of his role"

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