Rabbi Steven C. Wernick joined Beth Tzedec Congregation on February 1, 2019.
Previous to this, Rabbi Wernick served as the CEO of TheUnited Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), an organization committed to a dynamic Judaism that is authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian and traditional. While at USCJ, he spearheaded a transformation to allow the organization to meet the changing needs of 21st century congregations and shepherded the successful launch of several initiatives, including Sulam Leadership. Through partnerships with and grants from outside organizations, he significantly expanded funding for USY and launched major new efforts to assist kehillot in reaching out to young families and people with disabilities. Rabbi Wernick was also instrumental in the effort to create a permanent space for pluralistic and egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (Western Wall).
The son of a rabbi and a Jewish educator, Rabbi Wernick was actively involved with USY and Camp Ramah as a young person. As a student at the University of Minnesota, he was one of the first AIPAC college fellows, as well as founding MAIPAC, currently known as Gopherpac. Rabbi Wernick then attended 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 Philadelphia. He currently serves on many communal organization boards including the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.
Rabbi Wernick has been named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America and was on The Forward’s 50 List of Influential Jewish Leaders.
Rabbi Wernick is married and the father of three daughters.