From June 2006 to June 2010, Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles campus. In March of 2009, President David Ellenson named Professor Windmueller to the Gottschalk Chair, one of only twelve endowed HUC faculty positions. Over the course of the past year, Dr. Windmueller has been representing the College-Institute in launching a major new initiative of the Reform Movement, a Think Tank on the Future of Reform Judaism.
In 1995 Steven Windmueller was named the Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to coming to HUC-LA, he has held a number of prominent positions within the Jewish community over the course of a thirty year professional career. Most recently, he served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations
Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller had previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York. He began his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee.
A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. He has appeared on nationally syndicated media, offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Over the years his more than fifty articles and monographs have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Sh’ma, the Jerusalem Letter, the Journal of Jewish Communal Service and an array of Anglo-Jewish newspapers. He has contributed a number of articles to recent books on Jewish public policy and leadership issues. His Pew-funded research on the major national Jewish community relations agencies appeared in a recent publication, Jewish Polity and American Civil Society: Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Square (Roman and Littlefield, 2002).
Dr. Windmueller received a grant in 1999 from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation to undertake the first major study of Latino-Jewish relations in Los Angeles. Key elements of this research have appeared in various publications, including a recent book, California Jews. In 2004, he produced a textbook on the practice of Jewish community relations, entitled You Shall Not Stand Idly By, published by the American Jewish Committee. In early 2005, Dr. Windmueller collaborated with Professor Gerald Bubis in producing the first study on the formation of the UJC (United Jewish Communities), entitled Predictability to Chaos?? How American Jewish Leaders Reinvented their National Jewish Communal System. His work in 2007 on “The Second American Jewish Revolution” has appeared in several different publications; this research was followed by a 2008 article, entitled “A Jewish Perspective on the Global Economic Revolution” which was published by USC’s Casden Institute, Annual Review, Volume 6. This past year, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where Dr. Windmueller serves as a Fellow, released his study on “Jewish Communities of the West”.
Currently, he is writing about Jewish political behavior, having released several studies on Jewish voting patterns, including a December 2003 article entitled “Are American Jews Becoming Republican, Insights into Jewish Political Behavior” which was released by the Jerusalem Center. In more recent years, Dr. Windmueller has conducted a series of studies and articles related to examining Jewish voting patterns. During his professional service, Dr. Windmueller has consulted with government officials and political candidates.
For a complete posting of Dr. Windmueller’s writings, see www.thewindreport.com.