About Us

What is the UTJ?

The UTJ is a trans-denominational education and outreach organization dedicated to promoting the principles of traditional Judaism. We support and encourage traditional Jewish practice among individuals, congregations, institutions, scholars and religious leaders across the spectrum of the Jewish community. Our programs and resources are used by a wide range of synagogues, schools, and other Jewish institutions. Our goal is to bring the greatest possible number of Jews closer to an open-minded, observant Jewish life.

Executive Staff

  • Executive Director: Rabbi Gerald Sussman

  • Executive Vice President Emeritus: Rabbi Ronald Price

  • Special Projects Coordinator: Judy Landau

  • UTJ Mail List Moderator: Alexander Herrera

UTJ Board of Directors

  • President: Rabbi David Novak

  • Honorary Board Chairman: Rabbi Prof. David Halivni

  • Vice Presidents:

    Rabbi Wayne Allen

    Rabbi Noah Gradofsky

    Rabbi Kenneth Greene

    Mr. Sanford Hausler, Esq.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Miller

  • Treasurer: Mr. Mitch Morrison

  • Financial Secretary: Mr. Marvin Staiman

  • Corresponding Secretary: Mr. Alexander Herrera

  • Recording Secretary: Rabbi Leonard Levy


Past Presidents

  • Rabbi Edward Gershfield

  • Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg

  • Mr. Burton G. Greenblatt, z''l

  • Dr. Miriam Klein Shapiro, z''l

  • Mr. Horace Bier, z''l


Morashah

  • Chairman: Rabbi Robert Pilavin

  • Director: Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport


Board Members

Rabbi Gershon Bacon
Rabbi Martin Berman
Mr. Irwin Beutel
Mr. Bryan Bier
Rabbi Richard Fagan
Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman
Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Mrs. Anne Greenblatt
Ms. Karen Greene
Rabbi Ira Grussgott
Ms. Andrea Herrera
Dr. Michael Kaplowitz
Chaplain Leslie Kirzner
Rabbi Pinchas Klein
Rabbi Mark H. Kunis
Dr. Jeff Melnick
Dr. Mira Morgenstern
Mr. Daniel Needle
Ms. Marianne Novak
Rabbi J. Leonard Romm
Mr. Akiva Roth
Mr. Allyn Rothman
Mr. Dovid Rubin
Rabbi Steven Saks
Dr. Meir Shinnar
Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat
Rabbi Michael Strasberg
Ms. Rachel Weinberger
Rabbi David Willig
Rabbi Ephraim Zimand
Rabbi Leonard Zucker