Director, Rabbi David Niederman
Since 1989 Rabbi David Niederman has served as Executive Director and President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Inc. (UJO), the central planning and social service agency for more than 200 organizations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Under Rabbi Niederman’s leadership, UJO provides a wide array of services including information and referral to legal assistance, environmental and health consultation, housing, planning and development, and job training. He also serves on various governmental boards in the City of New York.
Rabbi Niederman has been the Executive Vice President of the Rav Tov International Jewish Rescue Organization (Rav Tov) since its founding in 1973 at the behest of the former Grand Rabbi of Satmar, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, of blessed memory. Rabbi Teitelbaum envisioned Rav Tov as the protective shield for the global Jewish community living in tyrannical regimes and has established five offices overseas. Rabbi Niederman has since worked to ensure the safety and resettlement of Jews in danger around the world, continues his work in refugee resettlement and maintains close working relationships with foreign leaders, diplomats and agencies. Additionally, he serves as the Special Representative of the Central Rabbinical Congress of the United States and Canada, which was founded in 1952 to coordinate the efforts of over 250 rabbis from eastern European countries, survivors of WWII, who lead major Ultra-Orthodox Chassidic groups.
Rabbi Niederman also leads delegations of Rabbis from around the world to prevent the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and safeguard Jewish heritage sites in Europe. Closer to home, Rabbi Niederman strives to protect the religious rights of federal prisoners and attempts to deter criminal activity through educational programs in the Jewish community about the human costs of crime.