Albert Vorspan (born February 12, 1924 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is an author and long-time leader of Reform Judaism. He is director emeritus of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.[1] and served as senior vice president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the predecessor organization of the Union of Reform Judaism, at the time of his retirement in 1993.[2]

In 1966, his criticism of the war in Vietnam was condemned by Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security, as reflecting "a vociferous minority" rather than mainstream Jewish opinion.[3]

In 1988, at the outbreak of the first Palestinian intifada, he criticized Israeli government policy.[4] In a series of diary entries published in the New York Times Magazine,[5] he wrote, "Whether we accept it or not, every night's television news confirms it: Israelis now seem the oppressors, Palestinians the victims."

In response, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations, accused him of "too much public posturing and too little private discourse." [6]


Several of Vorspan's family members are also active in the Jewish community. His brother, Max Vorspan, who died in June 2002, was an American rabbi, professor, historian, and administrator at the American Jewish University, and leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community.



  1. ^, Reform Judaism, "Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler 1925-2000", retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. ^,JTA,Focus on Issues: Reform Movement Looks Ahead to New Directions, New Leaders,retrieved April 16, 2012
  3. ^,JTA,"Stand of Reform Congregations on Vietnam Denounced in Senate",retrieved April 16, 2012
  4. ^, JTA, "Jewish Leaders Debate the Costs of Disunity on Israeli Policies", retrieved April 16, 2012
  5. ^,New York Times,"SOUL-SEARCHING", retrieved April 16, 2012
  6. ^, JTA, "Jewish Leaders Debate the Costs of Disunity on Israeli Policies", retrieved April 16, 2012