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2018 Chautauqua Season

Interfaith Friday: Asher Lopatin

Aug 3, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 3, 2018 3:15pm



Rabbi Asher Lopatin is president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT), an Orthodox rabbinical school that teaches an inclusive and welcoming Torah. Prior to assuming the presidency of YCT in 2013, for eighteen years he served as rabbi of Anshe Sholom Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago. In August Rabbi Lopatin will be returning to the pulpit to start a new Modern Orthodox synagogue in Detroit, as well as focusing on his lifetime passion of bringing people together by starting a university-oriented Center for Civil Discourse.  

Rabbi Lopatin received ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and from Yeshiva University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. In 1987 Rabbi Lopatin began five years of graduate work to study Islam as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed an M. Phil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, and continued on to study Islamic Fundamentalism and its attitudes towards Jews as a doctoral student at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Rabbi Lopatin has written chapters in over twenty books as well as numerous articles. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, co-chaired the Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative in Chicago, and has been listed several years in Newsweek’s “Top 50 Rabbis.”

Rabbi Lopatin is married to Rachel Tessler Lopatin, also a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and together they have four children.


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