Rabbi Lopatin


Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Rabbi Asher Lopatin served as spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation for 18 years. He received his ordination from Rav Aron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk and also from Yeshiva University in New York. He holds an M.Phil. in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University as well as a BA in International Relations and Islamic Studies from Boston University. He has done doctoral work, also at Oxford, in Islamic Fundamentalist Attitudes Toward Jews. In that connection he has authored a chapter in Muslim Jewish Relations, titled: "The Uncircumcised Jewish Heart (in Islamic and Qur'anic Thought)."

Rabbi Lopatin won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1987 from Massachusetts and was a Wexner Fellow. He has also been a Truman Scholar, Boston University Trustee Scholar and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His interest in being a pulpit rabbi stemmed in a large degree from his involvement in Jewish life at Hillel at Boston University, the Jewish Society at Oxford University, and the West Hampstead Alternative Minyan.

Rabbi Lopatin is married to Rachel Tessler of Detroit. Rachel was also a Wexner Fellow and most recently worked as the Program Director at Anshe Emet Synagogue. The Rabbi and Rachel have two daughters, Shayna and Cara, and two sons, Judah and Gideon. 

Rabbi Lopatin has spoken for many groups including JUF, Spertus College, Dawn Schuman Institute, the University of Chicago, the Jewish Community Centers, the Chicago Community Kollel, the Milwaukee Kollel, as well as for Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Traditional and Orthodox synagogues and communal groups. He is a member of the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, and the Chicago Board of Rabbis and is on the Conversion Commission of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Newsweek Magazine has listed Rabbi Lopatin as one of the top 25 rabbis in America.

Rabbi Lopatin recently became president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York.

Although he has trouble saying he is "from" any one particular place, Rabbi Lopatin grew up in Northern California, Jerusalem, and Newton, MA.

To view select sermons and writings by Rabbi Lopatin, please click on:

Synagogue Becomes a Home

Five Pillars
To visit Rabbi Lopatin's blog, click here.