Avi Weiss

Don't Throw Out That Sukkah! This 'Shadchan' Will Find It A New Home

Hundreds of sukkah-seekers save money and fulfill holiday mitzvah through Flatbush family's efforts.
09/29/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

When Avi Weiss was a kid growing up in a Williamsburg apartment, he and his family were guests in other people’s sukkahs, but never had their own.

That changed when he bought his own house in Flatbush as an adult in 1977.

A few years after buying his first sukkah, Weiss and his family felt the need to upgrade as prefabricated offerings increased, and bought a larger, sturdier model. But given his reverence for the traditional hut, he was reluctant to simply toss it to the curb.

Avi Weiss and his grandson, Aron Lowenthal, in the Weiss family sukkah.

RCA Reaches Agreement With Israeli Rabbinate Over Status Letters

01/16/2014 - 19:00

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will automatically accept "Jewish status letters" written by members of the Rabbinical Council of America, the organization announced on Friday.

Rabbinate Reverses

Rabbinate acknowledges Avi Weiss' authority; Weiss insists they recognize all American Orthodox rabbis.

01/14/2014 - 19:00

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters confirming individuals’ Judaism from Avi Weiss, a New York liberal Orthodox rabbi, but that's not quite enough for Rabbi Weiss and his colleagues, according to a statement.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, here at a vigil for victims of a train derailment, has been challenged by the rabbinate. Getty Images

Outraged At Chief Rabbinate’s Snub Of Rabbi Avi Weiss

10/28/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The office and recent inhabitants of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel are considered irrelevant by the majority of Israelis. Worse, there is no respect for its out-of-control bureaucracy that has been exposed, way too often, for unethical and illegal behavior. And few, if any, would have anything to do with it were it not for the sad truth that it has de-facto control, in Israel, over so many life-defining moments; these ianclude ceremonies marking births and deaths, weddings and divorces, circumcision, and, of course, the last word in who is recognized as a Jew.


Offering Thanks: Reflections On 25 Years Of A Gift Of Life

12/22/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s 25 years today that I went through quadruple bypass-open heart surgery.  It all started three months earlier, in September.  The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was protesting in front of Lincoln Center against the appearance of the Russian Moiseyev Dance Company.  Our position was that there should be no cultural exchange with the former Soviet Union until all Soviet Jews were free.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

Jewish Protestors Arrested At UN

09/22/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Three days before a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces during a violent confrontation in the West Bank Friday, Rabbi Avi Weiss warned the United Nations that a Palestinian request for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state might “inspire” violence.

Yuli Edelstein in the Dialogue Tent.

Jim Joseph Foundation Gives $3 Million Grant to Rabbinical School

04/14/2011 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The Jim Joseph Foundation made a $3 million challenge grant to the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School -- the 5-year-old foundation's first direct grant to a rabbinical school.

The money will be disbursed over a five-year period. The yeshiva will commit to matching $2.5 million of the grant on a one-to-one basis.

Founded in 2001 by Rabbi Avi Weiss, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah has carved out a niche on the left wing of Modern Orthodoxy, ordaining rabbis committed to a more open, pluralistic approach to Orthodox Judaism.

Liberal Orthodox Rabbinic Group: No Women Members

Setback for Rabba Hurwitz from fellowship Avi Weiss helped found.
01/10/2011 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

The most liberal Orthodox rabbinic group in the U.S. has voted down its first proposal to accept women members.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: Disappointed in conservative vote of liberal rabbinical organization.

Orthodox Union Nixes Women Leading Friday Night Services

10/14/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The Orthodox Union issued a statement saying women may not lead Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services if men are present.

Last week’s decision by the group's board of directors is the latest setback for Orthodox Jews seeking greater roles for women in worship ritual.

“With regard to the matter of a woman leading Kabbalat Shabbat services before an audience of men and women, the position of the Orthodox Union is that such practice is improper and constitutes an unacceptable breach of Jewish tradition," the board said.

The Road Not Taken: Avi Weiss, Michael Broyde And Women’s Roles

09/04/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Rabbi Avi Weiss’ recent introduction of women-led Kabbalat Shabbat services in his synagogue has produced yet another kerfuffle among his rabbinical colleagues, albeit one significantly subdued when compared with the recent “Rabba” controversy. And Rabbi Michael Broyde, a noted rabbinic scholar, has once again responded with an article that purports to outline the “normative” Orthodox position on Rabbi Weiss’ latest innovation. Not surprisingly, that position is different than Rabbi Weiss’.

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