Mar 20, 2008
The Beth Din of America is pleased to announce that Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann will serve as the new Director of the Beth Din, effective July 2008. Rabbi Yona Reiss, who has served as Director since August 1998, will be leaving the position in order to serve as Dean of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Rabbi Weissmann is expected to begin working immediately at the Beth Din alongside Rabbi Reiss over the next few months in preparation for his future responsibilities.
Rabbi Weissmann graduated Yeshiva College in 1996 and received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001, the same year that he received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Stone Scholar. From October 2001 through the present, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms and currently is an associate at Kelly Drye and Warren LLP. Rabbi Weissmann also previously served as an intern at the Beth Din of America.
Rabbi Weissmann is married, lives in Passaic, New Jersey, and is the father of two young children.
The Beth Din leadership is extremely pleased with the choice of Rabbi Weissmann to fill this important position. The Av Beth Din, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, stated that “the members of the Search Committee consisting of the Dayanim and members of the Beth Din Board are to be complimented in choosing such a qualified and capable candidate after interviewing several other excellent people.”
Eric Goldstein, President of the Beth Din, stated that “we are extremely grateful to Rabbi Reiss for his extraordinary stewardship of the Beth Din over the last ten years, and we look forward to Rabbi Reiss’ continuing involvement as a Chaver Beth Din. We are also very excited about Rabbi Weissmann’s joining the Beth Din, and are confident that he will continue to build the Beth Din and maintain its reputation for integrity and excellence.”
The Beth Din of America, which is affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America and sponsored by the Orthodox Union, is one of the largest rabbinical courts in the United States. The Beth Din handles approximately 600 matters a year, including Jewish divorces, personal status matters, and the arbitration/mediation of commercial, matrimonial and community disputes. The principal office of the Beth Din is located at 305 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, New York 10001. For more information regarding the Beth Din, please click on www.bethdin.org