Modern Orthodox Jewish Educational Network Chief Names Potential Successor

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin appoints Rabbi David Stav as co-chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone educational network, which serves about 3,000 students at 19 schools in 11 locations.

Gil Cohen-Magen

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin reportedly has named a potential successor for his Modern Orthodox educational network Ohr Torah Stone.

Riskin, 74, appointed Rabbi David Stav, founder of the Israel-based Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, as co-chancellor of the Ohr Torah Stone educational network, The New York Jewish Week reported.

Ohr Torah Stone serves about 3,000 students at 19 schools in 11 locations.

Riskin, who is also the chief rabbi of Efrat, told The Jewish Week that he has no plans to retire from his work at Ohr Torah Stone. He said that it is “mutually understood” that Stav, 55, is being considered his successor.

He said the partnership “will strengthen Modern Orthodoxy and religious Zionism.”

The organizations will not formally merge, Riskin told the newspaper, but said they will work together in issues of joint concern.

Stav also serves as chief rabbi of the city of Shoham and is the head of a hesder yeshiva in Petach Tikvah. He was a candidate last year for Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel.