After a year-long global search, Aish HaTorah is proud to announce 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.