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Famous Rabbis from the United States

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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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This historic rabbis from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American rabbis of note?" and "Who are the most famous rabbis from the United States?" These prominent rabbis of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American rabbis.

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  • Aaron Teitelbaum1

    Aaron Teitelbaum

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Aaron Teitelbaum (born 20 October 1947) is one of the two Grand Rebbes of Satmar, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • Abraham Cronbach2

    Abraham Cronbach

    Dec. at 83 (1882-1965)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Abraham Cronbach (February 15, 1882 – April 2, 1965) was an American Rabbi and teacher, known... more on Wikipedia
  • 3

    Abraham J. Twerski

    Age: 90
    Abraham Joshua Twerski (Hebrew: אֲבְרָהָם יְהוֹשֻׁע טווערסקי; born (1930-10-06) October 6,... more on Wikipedia
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel4

    Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Dec. at 65 (1907-1972)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972) was a Polish-born American rabbi... more on Wikipedia
  • 5

    Abraham Klausner

    Dec. at 92 (1915-2007)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Abraham Judah Klausner (April 27, 1915 – June 28, 2007) was a Reform rabbi and United States... more on Wikipedia
  • Aharon Lichtenstein6


    Aharon Lichtenstein (May 23, 1933 – April 20, 2015) was a noted Orthodox rabbi and rosh... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander D. Goode7

    Alexander D. Goode

    Dec. at 32 (1911-1943)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Alexander David Goode (May 10, 1911 – February 3, 1943) was a rabbi and a lieutenant in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8

    Arik Ascherman

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Arik Ascherman (Hebrew: אריק אשרמן; born 1959) is an American-born Israeli Reform rabbi, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Arthur Schneier9

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Arthur Schneier (born March 20, 1930 in Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian-American rabbi and... more on Wikipedia
  • Arthur Waskow10

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Arthur Ocean Waskow (born Arthur I. Waskow; 1933) is an American author, political activist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Aryeh Kaplan

    Dec. at 49 (1934-1983)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Aryeh Moshe Eliyahu Kaplan (Hebrew: אריה משה אליהו קפלן‎; October 23, 1934 – January 28,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Asher Lopatin (born September 1, 1964) is an American modern Orthodox rabbi. He is the rabbi... more on Wikipedia
  • Avigdor Miller13

    Avigdor Miller

    Dec. at 93 (1908-2001)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Avigdor HaKohen Miller (August 28, 1908 – April 20, 2001) was an American Haredi rabbi,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Baruch Korff

    Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)


    Baruch Korff (July 4, 1914 – July 26, 1995) was an Orthodox rabbi and longtime American-Jewish... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Ben Kamin

    Age: 67


    Ben Kamin (born in 1953) is a rabbi, teacher, counselor, and the prize-winning author of... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Berel Wein

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Berel Wein (born March 25, 1934) is an American-born Orthodox rabbi, lecturer and writer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Bradley Shavit Artson17
    Bradley Shavit "Brad" Artson (born 1959) is an American rabbi, author, speaker, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Burton L. Visotzky is an American rabbi and scholar of midrash. He is the Appleman Professor... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    Capers Funnye

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    Capers C. Funnye Jr. (; born April 14, 1952) is an African-American rabbi, who leads the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Chaim Goldbogen

    Chaim Goldbogen was a rabbi.
  • Chaim Potok21

    Chaim Potok

    Dec. at 73 (1929-2002)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Chaim Potok (February 17, 1929 – July 23, 2002) was an American author and rabbi. His first... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Daniel Lapin (born January 1, 1947) is an American Orthodox rabbi, author, and public speaker... more on Wikipedia
  • David Lieber23

    David Lieber

    Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)


    Dr. David L. Lieber, rabbi and scholar, was president emeritus of the University of Judaism... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    BirthplaceNew York

    David Nathan Saperstein is an American rabbi, lawyer, Jewish community leader and former... more on Wikipedia
  • Dov S. Zakheim25
    Dov S. Zakheim (born December 18, 1948) is an American businessman, writer, politician, and... more on Wikipedia