Rabbi Steven Wernick, Executive Vice President
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the NEW United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In 2010 he was named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America and was on The Forward’s 50 List of Influential Jewish Leaders.
Beginning with the successful passing of the strategic plan for the new USCJ, Rabbi Wernick has spearheaded a progressive and forward thinking plan to transform United Synagogue to meet the needs of the twenty-first century kehilla. He has shepherded the successful launch of several new programs for USCJ including a new Sulam for Emerging leaders, focused on strengthening and transforming kehillot through strengthening and transforming their future leaders. He has also built successful partnerships with USCJ with the Alban Institute, PJ Library, as he continues to develop and to change the leadership, membership, participation and governance paradigms for the United Synagogue.
As the son of rabbi and a Jewish educator, Rabbi Wernick was actively involved in USY and Camp Ramah. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in a variety of cities across North America including Oakland, California and Winnipeg, and Manitoba in central Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, University of Judaism and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After ordination he served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ, and more recently as the senior rabbi at Adath Israel in suburban Philadelphia. He also served as the president of Mid Atlantic Regional Rabbinical Assembly. As rabbi of Adath Israel, Rabbi Wernick took a synagogue that had been withering and through his vision and energy turned it into one of that region’s most vibrant. He still draws on his experiences at Adath Israel, as he works to grow United Synagogue for the next century.
Rabbi Wernick is married and the father of three daughters.