Rabbi Avi Weiss Most Influential American Rabbi List

Newsweek has released its annual list of America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.

Once again, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School has numerous Rabbis on the list.

The legendary Avi Weiss who has done so much for the Jewish people is of course primary on the list.

As Newsweek said “This year marks several major milestones for Avi Weiss, 68, the maverick rabbi behind the Open Orthodoxy movement. In June his Yeshivat Maharat will graduate its first class of Orthodox women trained, essentially, as rabbis, but called “maharats” to signify the distinction (and perhaps to placate the critics who believe women cannot be Orthodox rabbis). This year marks his 40th as the spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, the Bronx, N.Y., synagogue known for its activism. He has mentored more than two dozen rabbis who have assisted him on the bimah, and through his rabbinic seminary, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Weiss has trained more than 80 rabbinic leaders committed to a more pluralistic, progressive brand of Orthodoxy.”

Rabbi Avi Weiss is an amazing Jew who has done so much for Am Israel.

Chovevei rabbis are prominent on the list – Rabbi Asher Lopatin and Rabbi Mishael Zion (YCT ’11) are included.  “Asher Lopatin is widely considered to be the next leader of “Open Orthodoxy.” After 18 years at the helm of one of Chicago’s largest Orthodox congregations…”

More information on the yeshiva is available at http://www.yctorah.org

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  1. Moshe A. says:

    Rabbi Avi Weiss deserves to be number 1 on this list. No one in this generation aside from the Lubavitch Rabbi has done as much for yidden.

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