New Deans at Rabbinical Schools

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Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits, assistant dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010. While at JTS, Rabbi Pelcovits served as the student rabbi of Congregation B’nai Shalom, in Williamsville, New York, completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital, served as a commissioned lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the United States Navy Reserve, and as AIPAC’s ?rst Rabbinic Intern. Rabbi Pelcovits has been engaged in interfaith and interdenominational work and continues to advocate for Israel and for peace.

Rabbi Stephanie (Fingeroth) Ruskay is the new associate dean of the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Previously, Rabbi Ruskay served as director of Alumni and Community Engagement and national director of Education and Training at AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. She recently served as clergy organizer at JOIN for Justice (see Q and A, page 10). Rabbi Ruskay also teaches at JTS’s JustCity Leadership Institute, a precollege program, and serves on the Social Justice Commission of the Rabbinical Assembly, as well as on the Advisory Council of Tivnu.

Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch has been named the new dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. An alumnus of Schechter, he his extensive experience as a rabbi, teacher,
lecturer, and congregational leader. He will develop the Beit Midrash’s programs directed at training the next generation of Masorti religious leaders in Israel and around the world.