Frank Kurtz

Ritual Committee Chair, USCJ Pacific Northern Pacific Region President, Chef

Frank grew up in San Francisco and was educated in public schools, including George Washington High School and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the son of refugees from Nazi Germany, with most family members living in Israel. He spent the academic year 1966-67 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which gave him an opportunity to meet his wife Linda and experience the Six Days War first-hand.

Frank recently retired from a career of over 4 decades as a user system specialist, the last 10 years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a database administrator. His interests in Jewish life have included active involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement and governance of a Jewish summer camp in Northern California. After serving on the Board of Directors of Congregation B'nai Emunah (which he joined in 1977) and as President from 1994 to 1998, Frank went on the regional Board of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In 2010 he became chair of the Northern Pacific Region board, working with kehillot (congregations) in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. He continues to serve on the CBE Board, primarily as Chair of the Ritual Committee.