Rabbi Larry Rothwachs of Teaneck has been named the director of professional rabbinics at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. In that post, he will oversee an extensive professional rabbinics curriculum at RIETS, including three professional tracks and more than 20 courses per semester.
The professional curriculum at RIETS has undergone many changes in the last decade to ensure that future rabbinic leaders will have the skills they need to succeed and inspire their congregants. New initiatives this year offer developments in mental health and personal development training for rabbinical students.
Rabbi Rothwachs will share his years of experience in shuls and schools as he teaches a course for new students called Contemporary Issues in the Jewish Community. He also will co-teach the school’s Advanced Pastoral Counseling course, which focuses on pastoral skills and crisis intervention, with Dr. David Pelcocitz, the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.