WRJ President

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Susan C. Bass has been affiliated with the Reform Jewish Movement institutions during every phase of her life. A member of her Temple Youth Group (TYG), she attended regional conventions and kallot across the Southeast. Then, after graduating from the University of Georgia, she joined The Temple Sisterhood in Atlanta, GA, holding many positions before serving 3 years of a 2 year term as President from 1988-1991. 

Susan became active in the WRJ Southeast District in 1988 and over a 10-year period, held several executive positions on the District board, including President from 1998- 2000.  In 1991, she was elected to her first term on the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ) Board of Directors and is currently 1st Vice President of Women of Reform Judaism.

As an officer of WRJ, Susan has served as Vice President of the Departments of Marketing & Communications, Service to Sisterhoods & Districts, and Development and Special Projects; a member of the WRJ Constitutional Revisions, Audit, and Budget Committees; and as Co-Chair of the WRJ Task Force on Districts. Since 1993, she has also served on the WRJ Speakers’ Bureau, visiting sisterhoods across North America.

Following her term as WRJ Southeast District President in 2000, Susan was elected Secretary and then Vice President of the Southeast Council of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).  In 2001, she was elected to the North American Board of Trustees of the URJ, and has served since then.  Susan served on the inaugural URJ Oversight Committee (which replaced the Executive Committee) from 2011 – 2013.  She was re-elected to the URJ Board of Trustees in San Diego in 2013.

An Atlanta native, she moved to Houston, TX in August 2004, where she joined Congregation Beth Israel. Active in her sisterhood there, she served as president from 2009 – 2011.

Professionally, Susan was a teacher for eight years, spent seven years planning and helping to stage the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and then worked for management consulting firms as an administrative manager.