Yona Reiss

An Extreme Measure, Rarely Used

Staff Writer
In March, some 200 members of Brooklyn's Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush received an unusual letter. They were informed that three shul officers had been put in a form of religious excommunication called a seruv.

New Dean From The Beth Din

Associate Editor

From the beginning of Richard Joel’s presidency at Yeshiva University in 2003, observers were waiting to see what he’d do with YU’s rabbinical program, what he calls “the soul” of YU but a place that others considered an isolated and traditionalist fiefdom sometimes at odds with the “university” half of YU’s moniker.But as the advance word spread of Joel’s appointment of Rabbi Yona Reiss as dean (expected to be announced this week), the positive reaction Joel said he’d been getting had Joel feeling rightly proud.

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