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WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING ABOUT YCT

L’chvod Rav Avi, Rabbi Lopatin, Rabbi Linzer, Rabbi Love, Rav Katz and the rest of the faculty and staff, Obviously, we are grateful that you have created a holy place of learning for both Chai and Tzachi. But do you realize the profound influence you have had and continue to have in our lives? Thank you for helping us to create an open orthodox home where Torah is observed consciously. Thank you for modeling for us how to live the Torah that we learn. Thank you for helping us to raise our children with the knowledge that they could question anything that did not make sense to them, and that that is a proper and healthy attitude to apply to all aspects of Torah living. It brings us tremendous comfort and gives us strength knowing that Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is here to inspire and guide all of us.

With heartfelt thanks,
Estelle and Harvey Posner
Parents of Chai Posner (YCT ’10) and Tzachi Posner (YCT ’17)

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LopatinRABBI ASHER LOPATIN, PRESIDENT

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Previously, he was the spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago.  Ordained by Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and also by RIETS/Yeshiva University in New York, Rabbi Lopatin was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He was both a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, and holds an M.Phil. in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, where he also did doctoral work on Islamic Fundamentalist attitudes toward Jews. Rabbi Lopatin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles in several books, journals and Web sites, and has been the co-chair of the Muslim-Jewish Community Building Initiative of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. He is married to Rachel Tessler Lopatin, a Wexner Graduate Fellow herself, and together they have four children.

 

 

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RABBI DOV LINZER, ROSH HAYESHIVA

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and the primary architect of its groundbreaking curriculum of Torah, Halakha, pastoral counseling and professional training. He teaches regular classes in advanced Talmud, advanced Halakha and the thought of Modern Orthodoxy, and serves as a religious guide to the yeshiva's 47 rabbinical students and its close to 100 rabbis currently serving in the field. Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 20 years, and teaches a Daf Yomi shiur which is available on Youtube and iTunes. He was most recently the convener of the 2012 Modern Orthodox Siyyum HaShas.

  

 

 

Rabbi DovRABBI DOV LEREA, Ed.D., DEAN AND MASHGIACH RUCHANI

Rabbi Dov Lerea has been a professional educator for the past 35 years.  Rabbi Dov served for many years as the Dean of Judaic Studies of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, and as the Director of Education at Camp Yavneh in Northwood, New Hampshire. Rabbi Dov has also served as the Director of Secondary Education at Boston Hebrew College, a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, and a faculty member for the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Most recently, Rabbi Dov was the Director of KIVUNIM, an innovative gap-year program located in Jerusalem. In addition to his role at YCT, he is on the faculty of SAR high school. Rabbi Dov has an AB from Brown University in Religious Studies, an MA and Rabbinic degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Rabbinic degree from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an MA in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an Ed.D. from the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS.

 


 

Friedman

MATI FRIEDMAN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Mati Friedman has many years of experience in finance and administration in nonprofit organizations and in the private sector.  A certified public accountant, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in accounting from Brooklyn College.  Her work experience includes positions in organizations as diverse as the Metropolitan Opera and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. In a volunteer capacity, Mati has been involved in many institutions and has served on the boards of Sinai Schools, the Teaneck Baseball Organization, and Torah Academy of Bergen County, where she was a vice president on the executive board.  Mati and her husband, Aaron, live in Teaneck, New Jersey, and are active members of Congregation Rinat Yisrael.

 

 

 

 

RABBI AWeissVI WEISS, FOUNDING PRESIDENT

Rabbi Avi Weiss founded YCT in 1999.  He is Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, a modern and Open Orthodox congregation of 850 families in Bronx, NY. Rabbi Weiss is the National President of the AMCHA – the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, a grassroots organization that speaks out for Jewish causes throughout the world.  He has authored two books: "Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women’s Prayer Groups" and "Principles of Spiritual Activism."

 

 

 

 

 

KatzRABBI YSOSCHER KATZ, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF TALMUD AND DIRECTOR OF THE LINDENBAUM CENTER FOR HALAKHIC STUDIES

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha'ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and SAR High School. He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years.

 

 

 

 


LoveRABBI YAACOV LOVE, FACULTY, DEPARTMENT OF HALAKHA

Rabbi Yaacov Love is the Chair of the Department of Halakha at YCT.  He has studied at Yeshiva Netzach Yisrael under Harav Yisrael Gustman, z"l. He received Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin ordinations from noted rabbis and dayanim in Israel. Rabbi Love taught at Shappel Institute and Machon Pardes and at Bruriah High School in New Jersey. He also completed course work for the MA/PhD program in Talmud at Hebrew University, Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi ResnikoffRABBI HAGGAI RESNIKOFF, REBBE AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY LEARNING

Rabbi Resnikoff learned for two years at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati at Ein Tzurim before majoring in history at the University of California in Berkeley. Following graduation from Berkeley he spent several years in Israel doing graduate coursework in the Hebrew University Talmud Department and learning in various Batei Midrash in Jerusalem. He came to Chovevei after spending a year as a Judaic Studies teacher at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, California. During his tenure at Chovevei, he had internships at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, Connecticut, the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan. Resnikoff also took part in the JOIN Community Organizing Fellowship.

 

 

 

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RABBANIT DEVORAH ZLOCHOWER, REBBE

Devorah Zlochower has taught gemara and Halakha for over two decades. She served as Rosh Beit Midrash at Drisha Institute for over a decade where she taught gemara and Halakha and headed the full-time fellowship programs. She has also taught gemara at SAR High School in Riverdale, Yeshivat Maharat, and most recently, at Yeshivat Hadar where she was a senior faculty member. Devorah serves on the advisory board of JOFA and on the parent board of Aaron School, a special education school in Manhattan which her sons attend. Devorah’s writing and advocacy work has focused on religious feminism as well as on disabilities. She lives in Riverdale with her husband, Rabbi Dov Linzer, and their two teenage sons.   

 

 

 

HelfgotRABBI NATHANIEL HELFGOT, FACULTY, DEPARTMENT OF BIBLE AND JEWISH THOUGHT AND CONVENER OF YEMEI IYUN

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is on the faculty of the Department of Bible and Jewish Thought and Director of Continuing Rabbinic Education at YCT.  He also serves at the Chair of the Department of Torah Shebaal Peh at SAR High School and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. He was previously Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. He edited the volume "Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik." (Toras HoRav Foundation) and authored a collection of essays on Bible entitled "Mikra and Meaning" (Maggid Publishers, 2012). He continues to serve as a part-time faculty member of the Drisha Institute, Lamdeinu and the Wexner Foundation Heritage program.

 

 

 
MarderRABBI CHAIM MARDER, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF PRACTICAL RABBINICS

Rabbi Chaim Marder is Chair of YCT's Department of Professional Rabbinics.  He has served as Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains since 1995. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, holds an MA in Jewish History and received rabbinical ordination from RIETS. He is a former office and a member of the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America and other rabbinic and communal organizations.
 

 

 

 

 


MichelleDR. MICHELLE FRIEDMAN, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF PASTORAL COUNSELING

Dr. Michelle Friedman is the Founder and Chair of the Department of Pastoral Counseling at YCT.  She received an MD from the NYU School of Medicine and has completed advanced training at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. Dr. Friedman is a highly respected psychiatrist who focuses on the Jewish community and has a special interest in the rabbinate and pastoral counseling. In addition to her private practice and her role at YCT, Dr. Friedman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam Schacter

MIRIAM SCHACTER, LCSW, DIRECTOR OF FIELD TRAINING AND STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Miriam Schacter joined the faculty of YCT in 2008. She also has a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and supervises psychologists and clinical social workers who present case material weekly at supervisory meetings. Ms. Schacter is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and completed her psychoanalytic training at the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training in 1990. She worked at the Rockland County Community Mental Health Center as the Director of GAP, the Growth Advancement Program, a day treatment program which received national acclaim, and served on the faculty of the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training from 1992 to 1996. 

 

 

SimonRUTHIE STROSBERG SIMON, DIRECTOR OF PLACEMENT AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS

Ruthie is a native of Schenectady, NY. She earned a BA in Spanish and Russian languages from Union College and a MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. She has held several positions in Jewish communal service - among her favorites were the Albany Jewish Community Center and Prozdor, the supplemental Hebrew Hebrew high school program of Hebrew College in Boston. Ruthie has been with YCT for over ten years and has contributed in the areas of student services, recruitment, placement and alumni relations. She takes most pride in her success in making shidduchim between rabbis and communities and thoroughly enjoys helping alumni discover their career possibilities. Ruthie and her husband Joel live in Riverdale with their two children. The Simons are active members of The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-The Bayit where Ruthie serves as the Chair of the Youth Committee. 

 


AdlerNOYA LAVIE, SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Noya Lavie previously worked as Synagogue Manager at Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. She has a Master's of Science in Nonprofit Management; Concentration in Fundraising from Spertus College and a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 

 

 

BermanRABBI YONAH BERMAN,  DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PRACTICAL RABBINICS

A Teaneck, New Jersey, native, Rabbi Yonah Berman is passionate about Israel, the Jewish community, and Jewish learning. Rabbi Berman studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, received his BA in psychology at Yeshiva University and served in the IDF Tank Corps., receiving honors for excellence in training. After receiving semikha in 2007 from YCT, Rabbi Berman served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada for 5 years. He then married Dr. Rachel Stein and joined her in Boston, where he served as Rabbi of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Orthodox Rabbi of Harvard Hillel and as an Orthodox member of the Jewish Life Team at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. Rabbi Berman loves learning and teaching Torah and has taught various courses and topics through Limud, Hebrew College, Kevah, Maayan and Camp Yavneh. Rabbi Berman has returned to YCT to help build the Yeshiva by attracting and training a new generation of excellent Orthodox rabbis to serve the Jewish community.

 

 

 PollakAMY POLLAK,  SENIOR MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Amy Pollak comes to YCT with almost a decade of digital and marketing experience. She hails from Maryland and holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland. She has previously worked for Reader's Digest and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. She lives in Riverdale with her husband and son.

 

 


Grossberg SHARONA GROSSBERG, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

Sharona earned a B.A. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Boston University. Her work experience includes several years as a Project Coordinator for Sharsheret and as an Executive Assistant at Partners in Torah. Sharona served on the Board of Yeshivat Noam and was President of the Parents' Association. She has taught parenting courses and Bat Mitzvah classes for mothers and daughters. Sharona resides in Teaneck, NJ, with her four daughters. 


 

 

 


BatalionALLISON BATALION, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS & ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN

Allison holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.  She worked as a student teacher for the Highly Gifted & Talented at Charles Drew Elementary School and as a Religious School teacher at the Mishkan Torah Karp Family School, both schools in Maryland.  Prior to joining YCT, Allison worked for several years as a Development Associate at American Friends of The Hebrew University and as a Campaign Associate for the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest in Whippany, NJ.  Allison and her husband Aryeh reside in Riverdale with their three boys, Sammy, Jonah, and Ezra.


 

 

Sara LeVee

SARA LEVEE, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EVENTS ASSISTANT

Sara is from Berkeley, CA and Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University where she received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Judaic Studies. She has worked at Camp Ramah, Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, and Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York City.


 

 

 

 

 

AdlerGILA ROMANOFF, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Gila Romanoff is from Elizabeth, NJ. She is a recent graduate of Stern College where she earned a BA in Studio Art. In her spare time, Gila bakes fabulous cakes and is hoping one day to attend culinary school.

 

 

 

 

 

Arye Fohrman ARYE FOHRMAN, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Arye was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. After spending a year studying at a local university and working in his hometown, he moved to New York. He received his B.A. in Psychology, with minors in both Drama and Spanish from Yeshiva University. Arye currently resides in New York City, and hopes to pursue graduate studies in psychology in the future. 


 

 

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