Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, has been named executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, which serves as the education, outreach and social service organization for Orthodox synagogues.
The O.U. has been engaged in a year-long search to replace Rabbi Tzvi Weinreb, the current executive vice president, who will finish his term in June 2009. (He will stay on at the O.U. for three more years). Weinreb is 68 years old.
The O.U. executive committee considered 150 condidates and on Wednesday evening, April 9, approved Weil, 42, whose Orthodox synagogue is the largest outside the New York region. According to an O.U. official, who asked to remain anonymous, Weil is expected to come to the O.U. as early as January 2009; the official said Weil insisted on having enough time to help his synagogue search for a new senior rabbi.
Weil would neither confirm nor deny the reports.
Weil is expected to send out an announcement on the move this weekend to his congregation, which numbers 750 families. The O.U. is expected to officially announce the post on Monday.
The Jewish Press broke this story in its Dec. 8, 2006 edition. From the bima on Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2006, Rabbi Steven Weil publicly denied its completely accurate report. Luckily for Beth Jacob, people didn’t believe him and the informal search for a new rabbi began.
One thing that is keeping Rabbi Weil in town is that he is being sued by Aaron Biston for battery. SC093458 is the case number in Los Angeles Superior Court. The jury trial is expected to begin Sept. 2 and to last five days.
Should be fun for the whole family.