American Rabbi Rabbi Avi Weiss

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Rabbi Avi Weiss is the founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a rabbinical seminary he refers to as "Open Orthodox", a term he coined to describe an offshoot of Orthodoxy. He is also the founder of Yeshivat Maharat for Open Orthodox women, and co-founder of the International Rabbinical Fellowship, an Open Orthodox rabbinical association founded as a liberal alternative to the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America. In addition, he is founder of the grassroots organization Coalition for Jewish Concerns – Amcha. Finally, Rabbi Weiss is the founding Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, a congregation of 850 families in Bronx, NY. He has authored many books: “Journey to Open Orthodoxy” (2019); “Open up the Iron Door” (2015); “Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women’s Prayer Groups”(2001) and “Principles of Spiritual Activism” (2002).