June 15, 1955|
New York City
|Mother||Doris Goldfarb Schudrich|
Born in New York City, Schudrich lived in Patchogue, New York, where his father served as a pulpit rabbi. His grandparents emigrated to the United States from Baligród, Poland, before World War II.
Educated in Jewish day schools in the New York City area, Schudrich graduated from Stony Brook University in 1977 with a Religious Studies major and received an MA in History from Columbia University in 1982. He received Conservative smicha (rabbinical ordination) from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and later, an Orthodox smicha through Yeshiva University from Rabbi Moshe Tendler. He served as rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan from 1983 to 1989.
Schudrich is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Conference of European Rabbis. In Kashrut he cooperates with the Orthodox Union, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC) and other Kashrut organizations. Schudrich has been a Polish citizen since November 3, 2005, and now holds both American and Polish citizenship.
On May 27, 2006, Schudrich was assaulted with what appeared to be pepper spray in central Warsaw by a 33-year-old man. According to the police, the perpetrator had ties to "Nazi organizations" and a history of football-related hooliganism. Schudrich hit back, and the attack on him brought condemnation from Polish media and politicians.
Rabbi Schudrich had been invited to travel on the aircraft that crashed on 10 April 2010, killing 96 people including the Polish president. He refused as it would have violated the Jewish Sabbath, a decision which saved his life.
- "Rabbi David Schudrich, Federation Official, 61" The New York Times, Dec. 21, 1990
- "Balancing Hate, Renaissance in Poland" The Jewish Week, May 6, 2009
- "In Poland, a Jewish Renaissance" NPR interview, April 9, 2007
- "Hail to the Chief" Archived 2009-12-15 at the Wayback Machine. Ben Harris interview, Nov. 7, 2009
- Announcement of Participation of Rabbi Michael Schudrich[permanent dead link] May 2009.
- [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/29/world/main1763052.shtml Arrest In Polish CBS News, June 29, 2006
- Saved by Keeping Sabbath: Interview with Poland's Chief Rabbi
- Warsaw's wounds: Poland’s chief rabbi symbolises a remarkable revival in Jewish life, The Economist, Feb 24th 2011