Scholar - Rabbi Yona Reiss

Rabbi Reiss served as the Director of the Beth Din of America from 1998 to 2008. The Beth Din, which is affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, is the largest rabbinical court in this country, handling over 500 cases a year in the areas of Jewish Divorce (Gittin), commercial arbitrations (Dinei Torah), mediation, and resolution of personal status issues.    Rabbi Reiss also served for five years as the Max and Marion Grill Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), and as Dean of Undergraduate Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University. Since 2013, Rabbi Reiss has been serving as the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.    Rabbi Reiss is also on the editorial board of Tradition. In addition to being a member of the American Bar Association, he is a certified mediator for the City of New York court system.    As a frequent writer on a variety of topics relating to both Jewish law and secular law, Rabbi Reiss has published articles in Techumin, Journal of Halakha and Contemporary Society, Sha’arei Tzedek Journal, the Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal, and New York Law Journal. He has delivered over one hundred lectures, including several lectures at the Halikhot Am Yisrael annual international conference of dayanim in Jerusalem.   In addition to serving as the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, Rabbi Reiss continues to serve as a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and as a Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Reiss is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College, YU’s undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college for men, and went on to receive his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Journal. He received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS, where he also earned the distinction of Yadin Yadin.