Alan H Silberman – Immediate Past President
Alan has served as President of Masorti Olami since December, 2005, transitioning over the past year to become Immediate Past President this December. He served previously as a Vice President and Executive Committee member of Masorti Olami and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and the Executive of the World Zionist Organization. He is a partner in the international law firm of Dentons LLP, chair emeritus of its legacy antitrust, franchising and distribution practice and a former Chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar.
Alan has been involved in multiple aspects of Conservative Judaism over the years. He began as a student in a Conservative synagogue school and in the summers he attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as a camper shortly after Ramah was created, and continued his involvement as a staff member, a member of the camp’s Board of Directors, and the President of Ramah Wisconsin, and in 1992 became the first Ramah camper to head the Ramah movement as President of the National Ramah Commission.
He has been active in MERCAZ USA, participating as a delegate in the 33rd and 34th World Zionist Congresses and as a member of its Executive Committee. Alan became President of Masorti Olami, the World Council of Conservative Synagogues in 2005, succeeding Rabbi Alan Silverstein of Congregation Agudath Israel in New Jersey. Previously, he served as a Vice President and Executive Committee member of Masorti Olami the World Council of Conservative/ Masorti Synagogues.
As a 1961 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1964 graduate of Yale Law School, he is well known throughout the world as a legal counselor and litigator in matters involving antitrust, franchising and distribution. He has served as Chair of the 10,000+-member Antitrust Section of the American Bar and is also a member of the Board of Lex Mundi, a worldwide association of more than 160 independent law firms, and chairs its Antitrust Competition and Trade practice group.
He is married to Margaret Silberman, a child psychologist, who has also been active in the Ramah movement for many years, is Abba to Elena and her husband Eric, and to Mark, and Saba to four Grandchildren. The Silbermans are members of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois.