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List of notable or famous rabbis from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top rabbis born in the United States and even some popular rabbis who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American 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 the United States is included when available.

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Aaron Teitelbaum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Aaron Teitelbaum age 70 Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum is one of two Grand Rebbes of Satmar, and the Ruv of the Satmar community in Kiryas Joel, New York. He is recognized as a charismatic and forceful figure.

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Abraham Cronbach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Abraham Cronbach Died at 83 (1882-1965) Abraham Cronbach was an American Rabbi, teacher and known pacifist. He served as a rabbi for congregations in Indiana and Ohio. Cronbach was one of the founders of the Peace Heroes Memorial

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Abraham J. Twerski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Abraham J. Twerski age 87 Abraham Joshua Twerski is an American Hasidic rabbi, a scion of the Chernobil Hasidic dynasty, and a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse.

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Abraham Joshua Heschel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Abraham Joshua Heschel Died at 65 (1907-1972) Abraham Joshua Heschel 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 ...more

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Abraham Klausner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Abraham Klausner Died at 92 (1915-2007) Abraham Judah Klausner was a Reform rabbi and United States Army captain and chaplain who became a “father figure” for the more than 30,000 emaciated survivors found at Dachau Concentration ...more

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Aharon Lichtenstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Aharon Lichtenstein age 84 Aharon Lichtenstein is a noted Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva. He is an authority in Jewish law.

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Alexander D. Goode is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Alexander D. Goode Died at 32 (1911-1943) Alexander David Goode was a rabbi and a lieutenant in the United States Army. He was one of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the USAT ...more

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Arik Ascherman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Arik Ascherman age 59 Arik Ascherman is an American-born Israeli Reform rabbi, and co-founder and Director of Special Projects for Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli organization for which he previously served as ...more

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Arthur Schneier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Arthur Schneier age 88 Rabbi Arthur Schneier, is an Austrian-American rabbi and international religious freedom and human rights activist. Rabbi Schneier has served for over 50 years as the Senior Rabbi of New York ...more

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Arthur Waskow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Arthur Waskow age 85 Arthur Ocean Waskow is an American author, political activist, and rabbi associated with the Jewish Renewal movement.

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Aryeh Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Aryeh Kaplan Died at 49 (1934-1983) Aryeh Moshe Eliyahu Kaplan was an American Orthodox rabbi and author known for his intimate knowledge of physics and kabbalah. He was lauded as an original thinker and prolific writer and is ...more

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Asher Lopatin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Asher Lopatin Asher Lopatin is an American rabbi. He is the President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, the only open Orthodox rabbinical school in America located in Riverdale in New York City. ...more

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Avigdor Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Avigdor Miller Died at 93 (1908-2001) Rabbi Avigdor HaKohen Miller was a rabbi, author and lecturer in the United States. He served simultaneously as a communal rabbi, as the mashgiach ruchani of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin and as a ...more

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Baruch Korff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Baruch Korff Died at 81 (1914-1995) Baruch Korff was a longtime Jewish community activist. He was politically close to Richard Nixon, and was known as "Nixon's rabbi."

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Ben Kamin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Ben Kamin age 65 Ben Kamin is a rabbi, teacher, counselor, and the prize-winning author of ten books on human values. He is a scholar on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has led congregations in Toronto, New ...more

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Berel Wein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Berel Wein age 84 Berel Wein is an American-born Orthodox rabbi, lecturer and writer. He authored several books concerning Jewish history and popularized the subject through more than 1,000 audio tapes, newspaper ...more

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Bradley Shavit Artson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Bradley Shavit Artson age 59 Bradley Shavit "Brad" Artson is an American rabbi, author, speaker, and the occupant of the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the ...more

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Burton Visotzky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Burton Visotzky age 67 Burton L. Visotzky is an American rabbi and scholar of midrash. He is the Appleman Professor of Midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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Capers Funnye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Capers Funnye age 66 Capers C. Funnye, Jr. is an African American rabbi, who leads the 200-member Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of Chicago, Illinois, assisted by rabbis Avraham Ben Israel and ...more

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Chaim Goldbogen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Chaim Goldbogen Chaim Goldbogen was a rabbi.

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Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Chaim Potok Died at 73 (1929-2002) Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and ...more

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Daniel Lapin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Daniel Lapin age 71 Daniel Lapin is an American Orthodox rabbi, author, public speaker, and heads the American Alliance of Jews and Christians. He was previously the founding rabbi of the Pacific Jewish Center in ...more

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David Lieber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
David Lieber Died at 83 (1925-2008) Dr. David L. Lieber, rabbi and scholar, was president emeritus of the University of Judaism and the senior editor of the Etz Hayim Humash. He helped pioneer the Ramah camps, serving as the ...more

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David Saperstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
David Saperstein age 70 David Saperstein is an American rabbi, lawyer, Jewish community leader, He has served as the director and chief legal counsel at the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center for more ...more

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Dov S. Zakheim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Dov S. Zakheim Dov S. Zakheim is a former official of the United States government. Born December 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, Zakheim earned his bachelor's degree in government from Columbia University in ...more

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Elliot N. Dorff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Elliot N. Dorff age 74 The American Jewish University, formerly the separate institutions University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute, is a Jewish, non-denominational educational institution in Los Angeles, ...more

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Gil Student is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Gil Student age 45 Gil Ofer Student is the Book Editor of Jewish Action magazine, and former Managing Editor of OU Press, and an Orthodox Jewish blogger who writes about the interface between different facets of ...more

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Harold Kushner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Harold Kushner age 83 Rabbi Harold Samuel Kushner is a prominent American rabbi aligned with the progressive wing of Conservative Judaism, and a popular author.

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Ismar Schorsch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Ismar Schorsch age 82 Ismar Schorsch is the son of Hanover Rabbi Emil Schorsch. They both experienced the so-called "Reichskristallnacht" in a different manner. Dr. Ismar Schorsch became the sixth ...more

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Jackie Mason is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Jackie Mason age 86 Jackie Mason is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor.

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Joachim Prinz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Joachim Prinz Died at 86 (1902-1988) Joachim Prinz was a German-American rabbi who was outspoken against Nazism and became a Zionist leader. As a young rabbi in Berlin, he was forced to confront the rise of Nazism, and eventually ...more

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Joel Teitelbaum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Joel Teitelbaum Died at 92 (1887-1979) Joel Teitelbaum was the founder and first Grand Rebbe of the Satmar dynasty. A major figure in the postwar renaissance of Hasidism, he espoused a strictly conservative and isolationist line, ...more

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Joseph Isaac Schneersohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Joseph Isaac Schneersohn Died at 70 (1880-1950) Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn was an Orthodox rabbi and the sixth Rebbe of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic movement. He is also known as the Frierdiker Rebbe, the Rebbe RaYYaTz, or the Rebbe Rayatz. ...more

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Joseph Telushkin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Joseph Telushkin age 70 Joseph Telushkin is an American rabbi, lecturer, and best selling author. He is noted as one of the most prolific and respected interpreters of Judaism in the United States. His more than 15 ...more

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Jules Harlow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Jules Harlow age 86 Jules Harlow is a Conservative Jewish rabbi and liturgist; son of Henry and Lena Lipman Harlow. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1952 at Morningside College in Sioux City he earned a B.A., ...more

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Leo Jung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Leo Jung Died at 95 (1892-1987) Rabbi Leo Jung was one of the major architects of American Orthodox Judaism.

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Marc D. Angel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Marc D. Angel age 73 Marc D. Angel is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City. Born into Seattle's Sephardic community, his ancestors are ...more

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Marc Gafni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Marc Gafni age 57 Marc Gafni is an American bestselling author, television host, and spiritual artist. A former Modern Orthodox rabbi and leader of the Jewish Renewal movement, Gafni now self-identifies as a ...more

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Meir Kahane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Meir Kahane Died at 58 (1932-1990) Meir David Kahane was a controversial American-Israeli rabbi, ultra-Zionist political figure, and writer, whose work became either the direct or indirect foundation of most modern Jewish ...more

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Menachem Creditor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Menachem Creditor Menachem Creditor is the rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom, in Berkeley, California, a blogger for the Times of Israel and a contributor to the Huffington Post. Rabbi Creditor is a Trustee of ...more

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Menachem Genack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Menachem Genack Menachem Genack is an Orthodox rabbi and the CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division, a supervisory organization of kosher food. As such he oversees the kosher certification of 6000 facilities ...more

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Michael Fessler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States

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Michael Lerner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Michael Lerner age 75 Michael Lerner appeared in the Young, Jewish, and Left documentary film.

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Michael Schudrich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Michael Schudrich age 62 Michael Joseph Schudrich is the Chief Rabbi of Poland. He is the oldest of four children of Rabbi David Schudrich and Doris Goldfarb Schudrich.

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Milton Balkany is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Milton Balkany age 72 Milton Yehoshua Balkany is an American Orthodox Jewish rabbi, past director of the Jewish girls′ school Bais Yaakov of Midwood, conservative political activist and fundraiser from Brooklyn, New ...more

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Milton Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Milton Steinberg Died at 47 (1903-1950) Milton Steinberg was an American rabbi, philosopher, theologian and author.

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Mordecai Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Mordecai Kaplan Died at 102 (1881-1983) Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, was a rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein.

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Moshe Teitelbaum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Moshe Teitelbaum Died at 92 (1914-2006) Moshe Teitelbaum was a Hasidic rebbe and the world leader of the Satmar Hasidim.

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Neil Gillman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Neil Gillman age 84 Neil Gillman is an American rabbi and philosopher, affiliated with Conservative Judaism.

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Nelson Glueck is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Rabbis from the United States
Nelson Glueck Died at 71 (1900-1971) Nelson Glueck was an American rabbi, academic and archaeologist. He served as president of Hebrew Union College from 1947 until his death, and his pioneering work in biblical archaeology ...more