RIETS Dean Rabbi Yona Reiss To Visit Brookline and Newton Communities as Scholar-In-Residence

Nov 14, 2008 — Rabbi Yona Reiss, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), will be visiting the Brookline and Newton communities as a scholar in residence for Shabbat Chayei Sarah, November 21 to the 22.

Rabbi Reiss will visit the Young Israel of Brookline over Shabbat, speaking about “The Past, Present and Future of Batei Din in America” on Friday night; “The Shidduch Crisis – Insights from the Parshat Hashavua” on Shabbat morning; and “Contemporary Resolutions to the Agunah Problem” at Shalosh Seudos. Rabbi Reiss will draw upon his experiences as the former director of the Beth Din of America (1998 to 2008) where he confronted many challenging contemporary issues.

On the Saturday evening of November 22nd at 7:30, the Newton community is invited to hear Rabbi Reiss at the home of Sharon and Joseph Jacobson. Rabbi Reiss will address the topic of “The Role and Relevance of Beit Din in Contemporary Society” and discuss how future rabbinic leaders are being trained at RIETS to confront these and other pressing issues of the day.

“The Brookline community eagerly anticipates Rabbi Reiss’ visit,” said Rabbi Dr. Gershon C. Gewirtz, Rov of Young Israel of Brookline. “It is a privilege that he comes to us under the RIETS banner, furthering our community’s relationship with Yeshiva University.”

Rabbi Reiss is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College and received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS. He went on to receive his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Journal. Rabbi Reiss is a member of the New York Bar Association, a certified mediator for the City of New York court system, and a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council for New York. Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial board of Tradition magazine. A frequent writer on a variety of topics relating to both Jewish and secular law, he has published widely in Jewish publications, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and New York Law Journal.

For more information on this event please contact the synagogue offices: Young Israel of Brookline at (617) 734-0276 and Congregation Beth El- Atereth Israel of Newton at (617) 244-7233. To learn more about RIETS visit us online at www.riets.edu or email Andrew Goldsmith at andrew.goldsmith@yu.edu.

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