Famous Rabbis from Germany

List of notable or famous rabbis from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top rabbis born in Germany and even some popular rabbis who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German rabbis then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rabbis are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rabbi from Germany is included when available.

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  • Abraham Geiger
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    Abraham Geiger

    Abraham Geiger (24 May 1810 – 23 October 1874) was a German rabbi and scholar, considered the founding father of Reform Judaism. Emphasizing Judaism's constant development along history and universalist traits, Geiger sought to re-formulate received forms and design what he regarded as a religion compliant with modern times.
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1810-1874)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972) was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel, a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, authored a number of widely read books on Jewish philosophy and was active in the civil rights movement.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1907-1972)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Europe, Poland, Masovian Voivodeship, Central Europe
  • Gunther Plaut
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    Wolf Gunther Plaut, (November 1, 1912 – February 8, 2012) was a Reform rabbi and author. Plaut was the rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto for several decades and since 1978 was its senior scholar.
    • Age: Dec. at 99 (1912-2012)
    • Birthplace: Münster, Germany
  • Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits
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    Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits (8 February 1921 – 31 October 1999) was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991. Prior to this, he had served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and as rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City. In addition to his official duties he was regarded as an authority in medical ethics from a Jewish standpoint. He was knighted in 1981 and became the first Chief Rabbi to enter the House of Lords in 1988 as Baron Jakobovits.
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1921-1999)
    • Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany
  • Ismar Elbogen (September 1, 1874 – August 1, 1943) was a German rabbi, scholar and historian.
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1874-1943)
    • Birthplace: Ostrzeszów, Poland
  • Jacob ben Asher

    Jacob ben Asher, also known as Ba'al ha-Turim as well as Rabbi Yaakov ben Raash (Rabbeinu Asher), was probably born in the Holy Roman Empire at Cologne about 1269 and probably died at Toledo, then in the Kingdom of Castile, about 1343.Jacob was an influential Medieval rabbinic authority. He is often referred to as the Ba'al ha-Turim ("Master of the Columns"), after his main work in halakha (Jewish law), the Arba'ah Turim ("Four Columns"). The work was divided into four sections, each called a "tur," alluding to the columns of jewels on the High Priest's breastplate. He was the third son of the Rabbi Asher ben Jehiel (known as the "Rosh"), a Rabbi of the Holy Roman Empire who moved to ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1270-1340)
    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany