For the second time in a matter of a few months, an Open Orthodox congregation has wished mazel tov to the “marriage” of two men.
On their website, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, led by Avi Weiss, in their “Mazal tov” announcements in the Bayit Bulletin, wish a mazel tov to “Alisa & Michael Brown on the engagement of their son, Avidan, to Ari Schwartz-Weitz, adding “Mazal Tov to Grandma Renée and the entire family.”
Matzav has previously condemned this “shul” for its annual MLK Day church choir performance. This “shul” also has three “rabbas,” or female rabbis, and its male clergy is all from the controversial Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, an Open Orthodox school. Its female clergy is all from Yeshivat Maharat, also founded by Avi Weiss, rabbi emeritus of this congregation.