Aaron Landes

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Aaron Landes
Born(1929-11-01)November 1, 1929
DiedApril 19, 2014(2014-04-19) (aged 84)
Cause of deathLeukemia
EducationYeshiva University,
Jewish Theological Seminary
OccupationRabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation and admiral
Years active1978–2014

Aaron Landes (November 1, 1929 – April 19, 2014) was an American rabbi in the Conservative movement and a rear admiral in the United States Naval Reserve. He served as rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania for 36 years.[1] With his wife, Sora Eisenberg Landes, he founded the Forman Hebrew Day School, now known as the Forman branch of the Perelman Jewish Day School.[2] He also was instrumental in founding the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia.[1]

Born in 1929 in Revere, Massachusetts,[3] Landes served in the United States Navy for two years after his ordination and continued in the United States Navy Reserve until 1989, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral and retiring as head of the Chaplain Corps. During his naval career, he was instrumental in the building of Jewish chapels at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Elkin, Michael (April 20, 2014). "Rabbi Aaron Landes, Prominent Leader and Naval Chaplain, Dies at 84". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  2. ^ JTA (April 24, 2014). "Rabbi Aaron Landes, longtime Naval Reserve chaplains chief, dies". Haaretz. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  3. ^ http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Aaron-Landes&lc=0361&pid=170795460&mid=5944717
  4. ^ Avery, Ron (July 5, 1989). "Rabbi Admiral Retires From Naval Reserve Beth Sholom Head Retires As Chaplain". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  5. ^ JR (April 20, 2014). "Rabbi Aaron Landes, RADM (Ret) Z"L". jewsingreen.com. Retrieved May 1, 2014.