Roseland lawyer Stephen M. Greenberg was nominated as the next chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
A long-time member of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, Greenberg is currently chair of the National Council Supporting Eurasian Jewry (formerly the National Conference for Soviet Jewry).
He also has played key roles nationally and internationally in the Jewish Federations of North America, Beit Hatfutsot, Hillel, and other organizations.
Greenberg was recommended by the conference’s nominating committee to succeed Robert Sugarman as chair on June 1, 2015.
He is also chair of the New Jersey Federal Judicial Selection Committee and was the chief executive of Net2Phone and IDT Spectrum, Internet telephone communications firms. He is currently counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, a New Jersey-based law firm with offices in seven states.
His candidacy will be presented to the full conference membership on April 29.
The Conference of Presidents, which is made up of the leaders of over 50 national Jewish organizations, serves as the representative voice of American Jewry both here and abroad. The late Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who led B’nai Abraham from 1939 to 1977, before and after its move from Newark to Livingston, helped create the Conference of Presidents and served as its chair from 1965 to 1967.
As he extended “heartiest congratulations,” Dov Ben-Shimon, executive vice president/CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, said Greenberg “has been a strong supporter of Jewish causes and has been deeply involved in the Greater MetroWest community for many years. I look forward to working with Stephen as we seek to build even stronger connections with the worldwide Jewish community.”
Greenberg was also hailed by Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, current religious leader of B’nai Abraham, who offered him the “collective mazel tov” of the temple’s congregants.
Greenberg, wrote Kulwin in an e-mail to TBA members, “has a long history of service to the Jewish community, having played key roles nationally and internationally.”
Kulwin said Greenberg “will bring to his new duties the intelligence, integrity, generosity, and openness of spirit that have characterized his professional and communal lives, and the entire Jewish community will be the fortunate beneficiaries.”
Greenberg’s wife, Sandy, served as president of B’nai Abraham from 1999 to 2003.
A graduate of George Washington University National Law School, Greenberg was a founding partner of Stern & Greenberg and is managing partner of Pilgrim Mediation Group.