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March 20, 2012

Schwab named to Reform Judaism board

CUMBERLAND — Tadd Schwab, a member at B’er Chayim in Cumberland, is one of a select group of Reform Jewish leaders in North America chosen to sit on the Board of Trustees for the Union for Reform Judaism.

The URJ represents the congregational arm of the Reform Movement, the largest and most progressive of the Jewish denominations, with nearly 900 congregations and approximately 1.5 million members.

Hallmarks of Reform Judaism include the practice of Jewish tradition in a way that adapts to modern life, a focus on social justice, interfaith outreach, equality for women and the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.

The URJ represents Reform congregations in North America and offers them ways to strengthen and grow, engage the next generation in Jewish life and extend their reach to unaffiliated Jews. As a member of the URJ Board of Trustees, Schwab will contribute to this work through quarterly board meetings and work on one or more focused committees.

Schwab has served many lay roles at Temple Avoda in Fair Lawn, N.J., including president, treasurer, financial vice president, fundraising chair, school chair and membership chair. He remains a member at his childhood synagogue in Cumberland, B’er Chayim, as well as Beth El Congregation in Closter, N.J.

Schwab serves on the Board of Trustees of Philadelphia University and the Foundation Board of Allegany College of Maryland.

Schwab graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. In 1977 he joined Little Me Childrenswear as director of sales and advanced to vice president of sales.

After 25 years in sales, he selected a new business path as vice president of quality and compliance for Little Me Childrenswear and the licensed company Ralph Lauren Childrenswear.

Five years ago Schwab officially left these businesses to pursue consulting.  Schwab and his wife Sandy enjoy golf, genealogy and traveling.

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