Changes in open Orthodoxy - Opinion

Changes in open Orthodoxy

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 12:26 pm

This is a season of change for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in 1999. Chovevei’s president of five years, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, has moved on, having announced his unexpected resignation in 2017. Lopatin is now in Detroit, working as the director of the Detroit National Center for Civil Discourse and as the new rabbi of the Modern Orthodox Kehillat Etz Chayim.

The smart money is that Lopatin will be succeeded by Rabbi Dov Linzer, the long-time rosh hayeshiva of Chovevei. Linzer was present at the yeshiva’s founding with Weiss, and became dean in 2007. With Rabbi Jon Kelsen now serving as interim dean, Linzer will be freed up to step into the important fundraising and public relations roles of president.

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