Rabbi Steven Wernick, Chief Executive Officer
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 (sacred congregation). 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. To date USCJ has partnered with kehillot to engage over 1000 emerging leaders, many of whom are now in formal leadership positions. He has also built successful partnerships with PJ Library, the Ruderman Foundation, Conservative and other movement partners and more as he continues to lead USCJ to be a catalyst for the next iteration of Jewish life.
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, Manitoba in central Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the 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 then 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 a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, the board of directors of Mercaz USA, is a delegate to the World Zionist Organization, on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and more.
Rabbi Wernick is married and the father of three daughters.