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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Yeshiva University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Yeshiva University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Yeshiva University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Yeshiva University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Yeshiva University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Yeshiva University.

Baruch Goldstein and Chaim Potok are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Yeshiva University?” and “Which celebrities are Yeshiva University alumni?”

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Gil Student is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Gil Student Publisher, Quantitative analyst, Rabbi 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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Kevin O. Leslie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
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Norman Lamm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Norman Lamm Rabbi Norman Lamm is a major American Modern Orthodox rabbi, scholar, author and Jewish communal leader. He was the Chancellor of Yeshiva University till he announced his retirement on July 1, 2013. ...more

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Samuel J. Danishefsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Samuel J. Danishefsky Chemist Samuel J. Danishefsky is an American chemist working as a professor at both Columbia University and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Chaim Potok Rabbi, Novelist, Author 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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Ivan Wilzig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Ivan Wilzig Musician, Banker, Lawyer Ivan L. Wilzig, also known as Sir Ivan or Peaceman, is a recording artist and songwriter who is best known for his pop-dance remakes of 1960s and early 1970s peace songs, including, but not ...more

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Aharon Lichtenstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Aharon Lichtenstein Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein is a noted Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva. He is an authority in Jewish law.

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Hillel Furstenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Hillel Furstenberg Mathematician Hillel Furstenberg is an American-Israeli mathematician, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a laureate of the Wolf Prize in ...more

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Allen Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Allen Mandelbaum Poet, Educator, Translator Allen Mandelbaum was an American professor of Italian literature, poet, and translator. He was the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University. He was born in Albany, New ...more

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Brian Segal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Brian Segal Brian Segal is a former publishing executive and university administrator. He was the president and CEO of the Rogers Publishing division of Rogers Communications. Previously, Segal had been ...more

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Marc Schneier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Marc Schneier Rabbi Marc Schneier is an American rabbi, and founder and president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and the founding rabbi of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, New York and the ...more

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Baruch Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Baruch Goldstein Physician Baruch Kopel Goldstein was an American-born Israeli physician and religious extremist. He is known for being the mass murderer who perpetrated the 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in the ...more

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Aaron Klein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Aaron Klein Journalist, Author Aaron Klein is a weekend radio talk show host, author, and staffer for WorldNetDaily, and columnist for The Jewish Press. Klein appears regularly on radio talk shows and TV programs. Klein has ...more

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Efraim Zuroff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Efraim Zuroff Nazi hunter, Historian Efraim Zuroff is an Israeli historian of American origin who has played a role in bringing National Socialists indicted for war crimes to trial. Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center ...more

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Sheldon Silver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Sheldon Silver Politician, Lawyer Sheldon "Shelly" Silver is an American lawyer and Democratic politician from New York, who rose to become Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1994. On January 30, 2015, eight ...more

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Shlomo Riskin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side of New York City, which he led for 20 years; founding chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the ...more

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Samuel L. Greitzer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Samuel L. Greitzer Mathematician Samuel L. Greitzer was an American mathematician, the founding chairman of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, and the publisher of the precollege mathematics journal Arbelos. He ...more

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Arthur Schneier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Arthur Schneier Rabbi 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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Barbara Olson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Barbara Olson Writer, Lawyer Barbara Kay Olson was a lawyer and conservative American television commentator who worked for CNN, Fox News Channel, and several other outlets. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight ...more

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Benjamin Yudin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Benjamin Yudin Rabbi Benjamin Yudin is an American rabbi and important figure in the New Jersey Jewish community.

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Lucy Kaplansky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Lucy Kaplansky Songwriter, Singer Lucy Kaplansky is an American folk musician based in New York City. Kaplansky has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.

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Arthur S. Abramson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Arthur S. Abramson Scientist Arthur S. Abramson is an American linguist, phonetician, and speech scientist. He is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut, where he was the founding chair, and a ...more

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Walter Wurzburger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Walter Wurzburger Rabbi Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburger, a leader of Modern Orthodox Judaism and student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, was born in Munich in March 1920 and emigrated to America in 1938. He was Adjunct ...more

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Shalom Carmy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Shalom Carmy Rabbi, Philosopher Shalom Carmy is an Orthodox rabbi teaching Jewish Studies and philosophy at Yeshiva University, where he is Chair of Bible and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva College. He is an affiliated scholar ...more

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Marc D. Angel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Marc D. Angel Rabbi 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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Ari L. Goldman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Ari L. Goldman Journalist, Professor Ari L. Goldman is a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a former reporter for The New York Times.

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Olga A. Méndez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Olga A. Méndez Politician Olga A. Méndez was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to a state legislature in the United States mainland.

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Mark Dratch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Mark Dratch Rabbi Rabbi Mark Dratch is the founder of JSafe. In 2010 he was named as one of Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis in America. He was number 13 on Newsweek's list in 2013.

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Eli M. Black is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Eli M. Black Businessperson E. M. Black was a Polish-born American businessman. He controlled the United Brands Company. His son Leon Black is a founding member of private equity firm Apollo Management.

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Herschel Schacter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Herschel Schacter Chaplain Herschel Schacter was a chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and a prominent student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

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Ryan Karben is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Ryan Karben Politician, Lawyer Ryan Scott Karben is a New York Democrat who represented the state's 95th Assembly District in Albany from 2003–2006.

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Avi Weiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Avi Weiss Rabbi Avraham Haim Yosef haCohen Weiss is an American Modern Orthodox ordained rabbi, author, teacher, lecturer, and activist who heads the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in The Bronx, New York, from ...more

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Leon Charney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Leon Charney Lawyer Leon Charney is an American real estate tycoon, author, philanthropist, political pundit, media personality, and Jewish cantor. He lives in Manhattan in New York City, dividing his time between ...more

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Michael Schudrich is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Michael Schudrich Rabbi 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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Nachum Segal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Nachum Segal Nachum Segal is an American radio DJ. He has hosted the program Jewish Moments in the Morning since September 1983.

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Barry Mehler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Barry Mehler Barry Alan Mehler is a Jewish-American professor of humanities at Ferris State University who founded the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism. He earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University ...more

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Abraham David Sofaer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Abraham David Sofaer Professor Abraham David Sofaer is a former federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then a Legal Adviser to the United States State Department. After ...more

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William Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
William Schwartz Lawyer William Schwartz is an American law professor and corporate director. He graduated magna cum laude in 1955 as a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He was professor of law at Boston ...more

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Zvi Sobolofsky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Zvi Sobolofsky Rabbi Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky is a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University in New York City. Rabbi Sobolofsky studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh and Yeshiva University; graduating in 1987, he was named ...more

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Robert Gluck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Robert Gluck Robert Gluck is a pianist and composer whose repertoire spans jazz, live electronic music, and avant-garde concert music. Karl Ackermann, wrote of the latest of Gluck’s five recordings: “As a ...more

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Erez Lieberman Aiden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Erez Lieberman Aiden Scientist Erez Lieberman Aiden, formerly known as Erez Lieberman, is an American research scientist active in multiple fields related to applied mathematics. He is an assistant professor at the Baylor ...more

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Rachel Hirschfeld is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Rachel Hirschfeld Lawyer Rachel Hirschfeld is an animal rights activist and a lawyer specializing in the area of animal law, pet trusts, and pet protection agreements. She has been co-producer of productions of the ...more

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Vito Lopez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Vito Lopez Politician Vito Joseph Lopez is an American politician, former member of the New York State Assembly, and the former chairman of the Democratic Party of Kings County. Lopez was forced to step down as ...more

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Michael Rosensweig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Michael Rosensweig Rabbi Michael Rosensweig is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and the Rosh Kollel of the Beren Kollel Elyon.

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David Rosenhan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
David Rosenhan Psychologist David L. Rosenhan was an American psychologist. He is best known for the Rosenhan experiment, a study challenging the validity of psychiatry diagnoses.

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Zale Newman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Zale Newman Politician Zale Newman is a Jewish community activist and former public official in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi was the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University, a position he held from 1980 to 2008. He was replaced by Elisheva ...more

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Arnold Markowitz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Arnold Markowitz Arnold Markowitz is a Jewish American social worker, psychotherapist, and "cult" critic and researcher. He is the Director of the Cult Hot Line and Clinic of the Jewish Board of Family ...more

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Jeff Ballabon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Jeff Ballabon Jeff Ballabon is an American media executive, lobbyist, political advisor and consultant.

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Jack Goldman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yeshiva University Alumni
Jack Goldman Physicist Jacob "Jack" Goldman was an American physicist and former chief scientist of Xerox Corporation. He was also a faculty member at Carnegie Tech and directed the Ford Scientific ...more