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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)

What Communities Are Saying About YCT Rabbis

Eytan Yammer has provided remarkable leadership in the synagogue and the community. Rabbi Yammer’s sensitivity and learning have been a great gift for the congregation, which is made up of members with extremely diverse backgrounds and practices. And Rabbi Yammer carries his deep knowledge with humility… He and Marisa are respected and loved in the community.


Daniel J. Siegel

Knesseth Israel Congregation

Birmingham, Alabama

 
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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.

 

 

Linzer

RABBI DOV LINZER, ROSH HAYESHIVA & DEAN

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.  He has published Halakha and machshava articles in Torah journals and lectures widely at synagogues and conferences on topics relating to Halakha, Orthodoxy, and modernity. Rabbi Linzer writes a weekly parasha sheet, and teaches a Daf Yomi shiur which is widely watched and listened to on YouTube and iTunes.  He is most recently the awardee of the prestigious Avi Chai Fellowship and was the convener of the 2012 Modern Orthodox Siyyum HaShas.

 

 

 

 

Rabbi DovRABBI DOV LEREA, Ed.D., DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL TRAINING 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, CHAIR, 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.

 

 

 

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

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is Chair of Departments of Bible and Jewish Thought and Director of Continuing Rabbinic Education at YCT.  He was previously Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. Ordained by RIETS and a recipient of the Jerusalem Fellowship, Rabbi Helfgot holds an MA in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University.  He has authored dozens of essays in Hebrew and English, serves as co-editor of the Hebrew journal Or HaMizrach and most recently served as editor of the volume "Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik." He is also a faculty member of 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 Strosberg Simon holds a B.A. in Russian and Spanish Languages from Union College in her native Schenectady, NY, and a M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Prior to joining the staff at YCT, Ruthie worked at Prozdor Hebrew High School of Hebrew College in Newton, MA and at Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies in NJ. Ruthie and her husband, Joel, live with their children in Riverdale, NY and are active members of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-The Bayit and the Riverdale Jewish Center.

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

Ari HartRABBI ARI HART,  DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS

Ari grew up in Madrid, Spain, and Chicago, IL. He received a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Grinnell College. He is a founder of both Uri L'Tzedek and the Jewish-Muslim Volunteer Alliance. Ari served as a rabbinic intern at the Yale University Slifka Center for Jewish Life and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. He is now the Assistant Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit and lives in Riverdale with his wife, Becca and their son, Hody.

 

 

 

 

 
BatalionALLISON BATALION, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENTS AFFAIRS, ASSISTANT TO THE ROSH HAYESHIVA

Allison holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of 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. She also 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.


 

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, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

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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