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Jonathan Rosenblatt is an American Rabbi.[1]

Rosenblatt was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned the BA and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University in Comparative Literature. He has a PhD from Columbia University in the field of Modern British Literature, specifically Ulysses by James Joyce . Rosenblatt studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1982.[2] He is married to an attorney, Tzipporah Rosenblatt, daughter of Isadore Twersky. They have four children: Yehudah, Tonya, Shmuel and Rivka. Rabbi Rosenblatt is the great-grandson of Yossele Rosenblatt. [3]

He is the rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City. [4] Rosenblatt is often invited to speak at clergy conferences on building spiritual values and a feeling of community in congregations.[5][6][7]

Rosenblatt is known for his work in bridging the gaps that divide Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and secular Jews,[8][9] for actively supporting the Oslo peace process in the Middle East [10][11][12] He is widely quoted on topics of concern to the Jewish community.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ Harris, Ben (May 22, 2009). "Riverdale rabbi makes two front pages". The Telegraph (Jewish Telegraphic Agency). Retrieved June 8, 2009.  
  2. ^ Desio, John (Nov. 2, 2006). "RJC's Rosenblatt is Rabbi of the Year". Riverdale Review. Retrieved June 8, 2009.  
  3. ^ Olivestone, David. "Yossele Rosenblatt (II)". Chazzanut Online. Retrieved June 8, 2009.  
  4. ^ Pressman, Gabe (May 22, 2009). "Terror Foiled; Relieved Rabbi Calls Ray Kelly 'A Mensch'". Retrieved June 8, 2009.  
  5. ^ Wolfson, Ron (2006). The Spirituality of Welcoming. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 1580232442.  
  6. ^ Hoffman, Lawrence A. (2006). Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 215.  
  7. ^ Schwarz, Sidney (2000). Finding a spiritual home: how a new generation of Jews can transform the American synagogue. Jossey-Bass. p. 106.  
  8. ^ Weiss, Steven I. (September 12, 2003). "Rabbis’ Confab To Bridge Denominations". The Forward. Retrieved June 8, 2009.  
  9. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (May 30, 2009). "Two Rabbis Find They’re Separated Only by Doctrine". Retrieved June 8, 2009. "To those suspects, described by law enforcement officials as jailhouse converts to Islam and jihadi wannabes, the distinctions between Reform and Orthodox were either irrelevant or invisible."  
  10. ^ "US rabbis lobby for aid to Palestinians". Jerusalem Post. July 14, 1995.  
  11. ^ Pro-peace rabbis lobby lawmakers to stay involved, Jewish Telegraphic Agency , July 16, 1995
  12. ^ Economic development and U.S. assistance in Gaza/Jericho: hearing before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, July 13, 1995, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, U.S. G.P.O., 1995, p. 26
  13. ^ Malcolm and the Cross: The Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, and Christianity, Louis A. DeCaro, NYU Press, 1998, p. 5
  14. ^ Stretching Halacha to the limit, Haim Shapiro, Oct 6, 1999, Jerusalem Post
  15. ^ A Catholic convert's exodus, Mati Wagner, 03-31-2005 , Jerusalem Post
  16. ^ Singer, Melissa (Feb. 15, 2007). "Six million ways to deter Iranian threat". Australian Jewish News. Retrieved June 8, 2009.  


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