Jonathan Rosenblatt

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Jonathan Rosenblatt (born August 31, 1956) is an American Rabbi.[1]

Rabbi Rosenblatt was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the great-grandson of Yossele Rosenblatt.[2] And grandson of Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt. Rabbi Rosenblatt earned the BA and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University in Comparative Literature. He has a PhD from Columbia University in the field of Modern British Literature, and wrote his dissertation on Ulysses by James Joyce. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1982.[3] He is married to an attorney, Tzipporah Rosenblatt, daughter of Rabbi Isadore Twersky and granddaughter of Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik. They have four children: Judah, Tonya, Samuel and Rivka.

Rabbi Rosenblatt is the rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City where he has begun his 30th year of service to the community.[4] Rabbi Rosenblatt is often invited to speak at clergy conferences on building spiritual values and a feeling of community in congregations.[5][6][7]

Rabbi Rosenblatt is known for his work in bridging the gaps that divide Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and secular Jews,[8][9] for actively supporting the Oslo peace process in the Middle East [10][11][12] In 2014, however, his brother-in-law, Moshe Twersky, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in a synagogue in Jerusalem.[13]

He is widely quoted on topics of concern to the Jewish community.[14][15][16][17]

Esti Rosenberg, director of Migdal Oz (seminary)
Rabbi Yitzchok Lichtenstein, Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva Bais Yosef-Novardok Brooklyn branch; mara d’asrah of Kehillas Bais Avrohom, Monsey, NY
Rabbi Yosef Dov (Reb Berel) Soloveitchik
Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik
Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, Co-Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion
Rabbi Meshulam Dovid (Reb Dovid) Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik
Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein, Rabbi ohel menachem Bet Shemesh
Rabbi Yosef Dov (HaLevi) Soloveitchik
author of Beis HaLevi
Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik
"Reb Chaim Brisker"
Rabbi Yitzchak Zev (Reb Velvel) Soloveitchik
"The GRIZ"
The Brisker Rov
Lifsha Soloveitchik Feinstein
Dr. Tovah Soloveitchik Lichtenstein
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt
Rabbi Refael Shapiro, Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin yeshiva
Lifsha Shapiro
Rabbi Refoel Soloveitchik
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein
Tzipporah Rosenblatt
Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik
Dr. Atarah Soloveitchik Twersky
Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva Toras Moshe
Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. (Yosef Dov) Soloveitchik
"The Rav"
Rabbi Dr. Isadore Twersky, Talner Rebbe of Boston
Rabbi Mayer Twersky, Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik
Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik
Rabbi Dr. Haym Soloveitchik
Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, Rosh Yeshivas Brisk (Chicago); Rav of Kehilas Beth Sholom Ahavas Achim
Peshka Feinstein Soloveichik
Dr. Samuel Soloveichik
Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, Maggid Shiur at Lander College's Beis Medrash L'Talmud
Rabbi Meir Yaakov Soloveichik
Shulamit Soloveitchik Meiselman
Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Moshe
Rabbi Yosef Soloveichik
Anne Soloveitchik Gerber
Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik, Maggid Shiur at Yeshivat Reishit; Morah D’Asrah of Kehillat Ohr Sholom, Ramat Beit Shemesh
Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik
Rabbi Shmuel Chaim Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yitzchok Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yisroel Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yisroel Gershon Soloveitchik
Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik
Rabbi Boruch Soloveitchik
Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Soloveitchik
Daughter Soloveitchik, Wife of Rabbi Shlomo Zev Karlibach


  1. ^ Harris, Ben (May 22, 2009). "Riverdale rabbi makes two front pages". The Telegraph (Jewish Telegraphic Agency). Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Olivestone, David. "Yossele Rosenblatt (II)". Chazzanut Online. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ Desio, John (Nov 2, 2006). "RJC's Rosenblatt is Rabbi of the Year". Riverdale Review. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ Pressman, Gabe (May 22, 2009). "Terror Foiled; Relieved Rabbi Calls Ray Kelly 'A Mensch'". Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  5. ^ Wolfson, Ron (2006). The Spirituality of Welcoming. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 1-58023-244-2. 
  6. ^ Hoffman, Lawrence A. (2006). Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 215. 
  7. ^ Schwarz, Sidney (2000). Finding a spiritual home: how a new generation of Jews can transform the American synagogue. Jossey-Bass. p. 106. 
  8. ^ Weiss, Steven I. (September 12, 2003). "Rabbis’ Confab To Bridge Denominations". The Forward. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (May 30, 2009). "Two Rabbis Find They’re Separated Only by Doctrine". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2009. "To those suspects, described by law enforcement officials as jailhouse converts to Islam and jihadi wannabes, the distinctions between Reform and Orthodox were either irrelevant or invisible." 
  10. ^ "US rabbis lobby for aid to Palestinians". Jerusalem Post. July 14, 1995. 
  11. ^ Pro-peace rabbis lobby lawmakers to stay involved, Jewish Telegraphic Agency , July 16, 1995
  12. ^ Economic development and U.S. assistance in Gaza/Jericho: hearing before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, July 13, 1995, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, U.S. G.P.O., 1995, p. 26
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  14. ^ Malcolm and the Cross: The Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, and Christianity, Louis A. DeCaro, NYU Press, 1998, p. 5
  15. ^ Stretching Halacha to the limit, Haim Shapiro, Oct 6, 1999, Jerusalem Post
  16. ^ A Catholic convert's exodus, Mati Wagner, 03-31-2005 , Jerusalem Post
  17. ^ Singer, Melissa (Feb 15, 2007). "Six million ways to deter Iranian threat". Australian Jewish News. Retrieved June 8, 2009. [dead link]