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  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Avi Weiss on living the ‘dream of seeing an Orthodoxy that’s open’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 8, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, the man who coined the phrase “Open Orthodoxy” — referring to a more inclusive and liberal version of Orthodox Judaism — is no stranger to controversy. 

    He left his post at Yeshiva University in 1999 and founded Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a liberal Orthodox yeshiva...

  • Rabbi Avi Weiss to step down as rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

    October 17, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, announced that he will step down as rabbi of the congregation.

    Weiss, who has pushed a religiously progressive agenda, made the announcement Thursday during holiday services. Weiss said his retirement would...

  • U.S. Jewish communities memorializing Israeli teens

    July 1, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Jewish communities across the United States have responded to the murder of three Israeli teens with vigils and memorial services.

    The announcement that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach had been found dead Monday of gunshot wounds in a field near Hebron prompted a...

  • New Yorkers hold solidarity vigil for slain Israeli teenagers

    June 30, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Several hundred people waving Israeli flags and expressing grief and solidarity held a vigil in New York on Monday after the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank.

    The bodies of the teens, who attended a religious school in a Jewish settlement,...

  • Tragedy’s Challenge

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Typically an outspoken political activist, Rabbi Avi Weiss struggles for the right words when it comes to talking about Ground Zero.

    "I can't go down to that place anymore," said Weiss, the spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute in the Bronx, N.Y.

    On that fateful Sept. 11, the...