Jacob J. Schacter

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Jacob J. "JJ" Schacter (1950- ) is an American Orthodox rabbi. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University.

Schacter holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard University and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1973. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.


While still a graduate student, Schacter became the first Rabbi of Young Israel of Sharon, in Sharon, Massachusetts. Serving in this capacity from 1977 - 1981, he created a new, vibrant, and committed community. He then became Rabbi of the prestigious Jewish Center in Manhattan. He also served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts from 2000-2005.[1]

Currently, Rabbi Schacter works in Yeshiva College and Stern College within Yeshiva University. He is a University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Adjunct Instructor in Jewish Studies, and a Senior Scholar in Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future.[2]


Schacter angered some members of the Orthodox community with his publication of Marc Shapiro's translation of Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg's personal letters.


  • "A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American Judaism." Columbia University Press (1997)

Edited books[edit]

  • "Reverence, Righteousness and Rahamanut: Essays in Memory of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung" (1992)
  • "Jewish Tradition and The Nontraditional Jew" (1992)
  • "Judaism's Encounter with other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?" (1997)
  • "The Complete Service for the Period of Bereavement" (1995)