After a year-long global search, Aish HaTorah has announced that Rabbi Steven Burg has been appointed Director General (Mankal) of Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and Aish HaTorah globally. In this role, Rabbi Burg will be responsible for:
- Setting the vision and direction of Aish HaTorah worldwide
- Creating unity and synergy across the global Aish HaTorah network
- Crafting new strategies to reach out and inspire world Jewry
- Building and overseeing an efficient management structure
“It is a great privilege to assume the leadership of a historic organization like Aish HaTorah which is dedicated to bringing Torah and passionate Judaism to the broader Jewish community,” said Rabbi Burg.
“In a generation where so many are searching for inspiration and meaning, Aish HaTorah innovates programs and initiatives that empower both rabbinic and lay leaders to take responsibility to solve the spiritual and physical challenges facing the Jewish people,” remarked Rabbi Burg.
“I cannot think of a better, more talented person than Rabbi Burg to lead Aish HaTorah into its next stage of development,” said Jerry Lieberman, Chairman of the Aish HaTorah Search Committee.
“Rabbi Burg’s 25 years of experience in important senior leadership roles across the Jewish community will serve him well as he dedicates his energies to build Aish HaTorah,” declared Richard Horowitz, International President of Aish HaTorah.
In addition to Rabbinic Ordination and a Masters in Medieval Jewish History, both from Yeshiva University, Rabbi Burg has has completed management courses at the Harvard Business School and at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.
Following his ordination, he embarked on a 22-year career at the Union of Orthodox Jewish 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 serve tens of thousands of Jewish teens around the world and sent over 2,000 adolescents to Israel every summer.
Rabbi Burg was the founder of the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a network of hundreds of public high School clubs that teaches unaffiliated Jewish teens about their heritage. Rabbi Burg also started the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), an Israel experience for unaffiliated Jewish Teens, the success of which was recently highlighted in a study. 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 later served as the Managing Director of the OU. 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.
Most recently, Rabbi Burg served as the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, and defends the safety of Jews worldwide.
Rabbi Burg lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Rachel, and their six children.
About Aish HaTorah
Aish HaTorah is a Jewish outreach organization started in 1974 in Jerusalem by Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory. Aish’s goal is to revitalize the Jewish people by providing opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to discover their heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect.
Aish is respected as a world leader in creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training. Aish is also a global movement dedicated to solving the spiritual and physical challenges facing the Jewish people. The Aish World Center at the Western Wall in Jerusalem has become a focal point where tourists and dignitaries of all stripes meet for information and inspiration. Aish is a story like the Jewish People itself – exciting, innovative, and eternal.
Aish HaTorah operates dozens of full-time branches and programs on six continents. Over 150,000 people attend Aish programs annually. Aish.com receives over 13,000,000 visits each year and has over 400,000 unique email subscribers. 50,000 hours of Torah tapes and MP3s are listened to each year. More than 35,000 people attend Aish programs in Israel every year. Over 200 rabbis have graduated from its rabbinic ordination program and are impacting the Jewish people across the globe.