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.