This is a season of change for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in 1999. Chovevei’s president of five years, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, has moved on, having announced his unexpected resignation in 2017. Lopatin is now in Detroit, working as the director of the Detroit National Center for Civil Discourse and as the new rabbi of the Modern Orthodox Kehillat Etz Chayim.
Since 2010, Valley resident Sue Adatto has traveled to Israel each summer with Volunteers for Israel to participate in the Israeli Sar-El program.
Heather Ross, a nurse practitioner, researcher and professor at Arizona State University, has entered the Democratic primary in hopes of challenging Republican Rep. David Schweikert for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.