New York, N.Y. – The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, is pleased to welcome Yitzie Pretter of Baltimore, MD. to the OU’s Board of Directors. Pretter is among 14 new OU Board Members from across the U.S. and Canada elected to a two-year term.
Professionally, Pretter is the founding principal of commercial real estate firm Mosaic Realty Partners. He holds an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a bachelor’s in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. His communal involvement includes having Board affiliations with Associated – Jewish Federation of Baltimore; Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion; Bais Yaakov of Baltimore; AIPAC NLN; JTAP Baltimore; Shidduch Center of Baltimore; Toras Simcha – Baltimore; Nation Young Leadership Cabinet – JFNA; Jewish Educational Services – Baltimore; and Laniado Hospital, where he is mid-Atlantic Co-Chair.
The OU Board is responsible for determining the OU’s mission and vision; ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management; fundraising and resource development; and monitoring and assessing the OU’s programs and services. Board members also serve as advisors to the OU’s various departments.
In addition to Pretter, the new board members are:
- Esti Kaminetzky, National Vice President, Teaneck, N.J.
- Jeff Cohen, Director-at-Large, Fair Lawn, N.J.
- Zev Blumenfrucht, Director-at-Large, New York, N.Y.
- Daniel Lowy, Director-at-Large, New York, N.Y.
- Joel Mael, Director-at-Large, Lawrence, N.Y.
- Yechiel Eisenstadt, Director-at-Large, Flatbush, N.Y.
- Stacey Goldman, Director-at-Large, Bala Cynwyd, Penn.
- Yosi Heber, Director-at-Large, Detroit, Mich.
- Chaya Tova Hartman, National Vice President, Chicago, Ill.
- Ben Zlotnick, Director-at-Large, Toronto, Canada
- Eitan Milgram, Director-at-Large, Boston, Mass.
- Moshe Sassover, Director-at-Large, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Yakov Polatsek, Director-at-Large, Houston, Texas
OU President Mitchel Aeder said:
“The OU extends its heartfelt congratulations to Yitzie Pretter and all of our new Board Members on joining this important journey with the OU. These individuals, who reflect the breadth of our community, were chosen for their dedication to communal service, and I look forward to working together to help the OU achieve our many goals.”
OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer said:
“We welcome our incoming Board Members for their commitment to serving am Yisrael and for their contributions to support the OU’s mission – enhancing the religious experience of the Jewish community. We also thank the incumbent Board members who are continuing their service.”
OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph said:
“The OU relies on our Board for crucial strategic planning, program oversight and the many talents they bring to this work. We are proud of our strong lay-professional partnership that works tirelessly to make everything run smoothly and efficiently.”
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About the Orthodox Union
Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union (OU), or Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs.