Rabbi Yaakov Glasser Appointed David Mitzner Dean of Center for the Jewish Future
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser ’99YC, ’01R, has been appointed the David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). He succeeds Rabbi Kenneth Brander, who served as inaugural dean of the CJF for the past nine years and will continue to oversee the CJF, student life, undergraduate admissions and YU’s Israel campus in his role as vice president for university and community life.
Rabbi Glasser joined the CJF in February as associate dean. As dean, he will oversee all the personnel and programming initiatives at the CJF, including training rabbis and lay leaders, spreading Torah to communities worldwide and running programs and service missions across North America and beyond.
“It is a great privilege to assume the leadership of an institution dedicated to bringing the Torah and wisdom of Yeshiva University to the broader Jewish community,” said Rabbi Glasser. “In a generation where so many are searching for inspiration and meaning, the CJF innovates programs and initiatives that empower both rabbinic and lay leaders to reach our community and beyond. I am fortunate to build on the foundation of creativity and leadership of Rabbi Brander, whose vision has established the CJF as a powerful force for communal transformation and change throughout North America. It is humbling to hold a position that is so closely connected with the Mitzner family and to perpetuate their values and ideals through the work of the CJF.”
“I cannot think of a better and more talented person than Rabbi Glasser to lead the CJF into its next stage of development,” said Rabbi Brander. “ For the past nine years, I have been blessed to work with the most talented professionals in the Jewish community in establishing Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. The CJF was the brain child of President Richard Joel and I am most appreciative of the opportunity he has and continues to give me. Its success is predicated on the willingness of Roshei Yeshiva, university academics and professionals to convene the energies of the yeshiva and the university to inspire our students and in service to the Jewish community.”
An alumnus of Yeshiva College and RIETS, Rabbi Glasser served as the international director of education for NCSY and regional director of New Jersey NCSY before joining YU. Rabbi Glasser lives in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife, Ruth, and their four children, and serves as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton.