21 Notable alumni of
Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Jewish Theological Seminary of America is 1562nd in the world, 552nd in North America, and 519th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 21 notable alumni from Jewish Theological Seminary of America sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Henrietta Szold

    Henrietta Szold
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1860-1945 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    writerteacher
    Biography

    Henrietta Szold was a U.S. Jewish Zionist leader and founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. In 1942, she co-founded Ihud, a political party in Mandatory Palestine dedicated to a binational solution.

  2. Norman Podhoretz

    Norman Podhoretz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    journalistpunditwriterauthoropinion journalist
    Biography

    Norman Podhoretz is an American magazine editor, writer, and conservative political commentator, who identifies his views as "paleo-neoconservative". He is a writer for Commentary magazine, and previously served as the publication's editor-in-chief from 1960 to 1995.

  3. Mordecai Kaplan

    Mordecai Kaplan
    Born in
    Lithuania Flag Lithuania
    Years
    1881-1983 (aged 102)
    Occupations
    essayistrabbitranslatorphilosopherdiarist
    Biography

    Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, was a Lithuanian-born American rabbi, writer, Jewish educator, professor, theologian, philosopher, activist, and religious leader who founded the Reconstructionist branch of Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein. He has been described as a "towering figure" in the recent history of Judaism for his influential work in adapting it to modern society, contending that Judaism should be a unifying and creative force by stressing the cultural and historical character of the religion as well as theological doctrine.

  4. Abraham Foxman

    Abraham Foxman
    Born in
    Belarus Flag Belarus
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    authorlawyer
    Biography

    Abraham Henry Foxman is an American lawyer and activist. He served as the national director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1987 to 2015, and is currently the League's national director emeritus. In March 2016, he became vice chair of the board of trustees at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City in order to lead its efforts on antisemitism.

  5. David Wolpe

    David Wolpe
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    David J. Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA.

  6. Albert L. Lewis

    Albert L. Lewis
    Years
    1917-2008 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Rabbi Albert L. Lewis was a leading American Conservative rabbi, scholar, and author; President of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the international organization of Conservative rabbis; and Vice-President of The World Council of Synagogues. In 2009, the award-winning author, Mitch Albom, wrote about Lewis, his childhood rabbi, as the main character in the non-fiction book, Have a Little Faith. The book, hailed as a story of faith that inspires faith in others, concludes with the eulogy that Albom delivered at Lewis's funeral, on February 12, 2008.

  7. Ilan Stavans

    Ilan Stavans
    Born in
    Mexico Flag Mexico
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Enrolled in Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    Graduated with master's degree
    Occupations
    lexicographerlinguisttranslatorwriterliterary critic
    Biography

    Ilan Stavans is a Mexican-American essayist, lexicographer, cultural commentator, translator, short story author, publisher, TV personality. He writes and speaks on American, Hispanic, and Jewish cultures. He is the author of Quixote (2015) and a contributor to the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010).

  8. Abraham Skorka

    Abraham Skorka
    Born in
    Argentina Flag Argentina
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    physicistchemistrabbipriestwriter
    Biography

    Abraham Skorka is an Argentine biophysicist, rabbi and book author. Abraham Skorka is rector emeritus of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, the rabbi of the Jewish community Benei Tikva, professor of biblical and rabbinic literature at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano and honorary professor of Hebrew Law at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires.

  9. Joseph Hertz

    Joseph Hertz
    Born in
    Slovakia Flag Slovakia
    Years
    1872-1946 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    rabbitranslatorwriter
    Biography

    Joseph Herman Hertz was a British Rabbi and biblical scholar. He held the position of Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom from 1913 until his death in 1946, in a period encompassing both world wars and the Holocaust.

  10. Daniel Gordis

    Daniel Gordis
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Daniel Gordis is an American-born Israeli author and speaker, who is best known as a fierce advocate of Israel. He is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, where he is also Chair of the Core Curriculum. The author of a dozen books on Judaism and Israel, and twice awarded the National Jewish Book Award (including Book of the Year for his history of Israel), The Forward has called Gordis "one of the most influential Israel analysts around." He was once recognized as a leading Conservative rabbi, but is no longer publicly associated with that movement. Slightly left of center when he arrived in Israel in 1998, his writings suggest a gradual move to the right. Most people now consider him a moderate conservative.

  11. David Weiss Halivni

    David Weiss Halivni
    Born in
    Ukraine Flag Ukraine
    Years
    1927-.. (age 95)
    Enrolled in Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    In 1958 graduated with doctorate in Talmud
    Occupations
    theologianeducatorrabbitalmudist
    Biography

    David Weiss Halivni is a European-born American-Israeli rabbi, scholar in the domain of Jewish Sciences, and Professor of Talmud. He serves as Reish Metivta of the Union for Traditional Judaism's rabbinical school.

  12. Arnold Resnicoff

    Arnold Resnicoff
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    military officerrabbi
    Biography

    Arnold E. Resnicoff is an American Conservative rabbi who served as a military officer and military chaplain. He served in Vietnam and Europe before attending rabbinical school. He then served as a U.S. Navy Chaplain for almost 25 years. He promoted the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and delivered the closing prayer at its 1982 dedication. In 1984 the President of the United States spoke on his eyewitness account of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. After retiring from the military he was National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and served as Special Assistant (for Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving at the equivalent military rank of Brigadier General.

  13. Marshall Meyer

    Marshall Meyer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-1993 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer was an American Conservative rabbi who became a recognized international human rights activist while living and working in Argentina from 1958 to 1984, during the period of the "Dirty War" in the 1970s. He was elected by president Raúl Alfonsín to be one of the members of the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons. After the restoration of democracy in 1983, Meyer was awarded the nation's highest honor, the Order of the Liberator General San Martín, by the new president.

  14. David Novak

    David Novak
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    rabbitheologianphilosopheruniversity teacher
    Biography

    David Novak, is a Jewish theologian, ethicist, and scholar of Jewish philosophy and law (Halakha). He is an ordained Conservative rabbi and holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997. His areas of interest are Jewish theology, Jewish ethics and biomedical ethics, political theory (with a special emphasis on natural law), and Jewish-Christian relations.

  15. Jacob Milgrom

    Jacob Milgrom
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1923-2010 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    rabbiuniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    Jacob Milgrom was a prominent American Jewish Bible scholar and Conservative rabbi. Milgrom's major contribution to biblical research was in the field of cult and worship. Although he accepted the documentary hypothesis, contrary to the classical bible critics, he traced a direct line of development from the Priestly Code (P), to the Holiness Code (H), to the cultic innovations of Ezekiel, to the cultic writings of the Dead Sea sect and finally to Jewish law (halacha) of the Mishnah and Talmud. Best known for his comprehensive Torah commentaries and work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, he also published extensively on the Book of Ezekiel.

  16. Steven Rubenstein

    Steven Rubenstein
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-2012 (aged 50)
    Occupations
    anthropologist
    Biography

    Steven Lee Rubenstein was an American anthropologist. He was reader in Latin American Anthropology at the University of Liverpool, and Director of Liverpool's Research Institute of Latin American Studies.

  17. Jack Moline

    Jack Moline
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Jack Moline is an American Conservative rabbi who has served as Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance since January 2015.

  18. Philip R. Alstat

    Philip R. Alstat
    Born in
    Lithuania Flag Lithuania
    Years
    1891-1976 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Philip Reis Alstat was a well-known American Conservative rabbi, teacher, chaplain, speaker and writer. Born in Kaunas (formerly, Kovno), Lithuania, he came to the United States in 1898, studying at City College of New York (A.B., 1912), Columbia University (A.M., 1915), and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where he received semikhah, rabbinic ordination, in 1920, and the Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa), in 1966.

  19. Harry Halpern

    Harry Halpern
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1899-1981 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Harry Halpern was an American religious and community leader, a powerful orator, a respected religious educator, and a prominent Conservative rabbi who served for almost 49 years as the rabbi of the East Midwood Jewish Center (EMJC), in Brooklyn, New York.

  20. Seymour Siegel

    Seymour Siegel
    Years
    1927-1988 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    rabbi
    Biography

    Seymour Siegel, often referred to as "an architect of Conservative Jewish theology," was an American Conservative rabbi, a Professor of Ethics and Theology at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the 1983-1984 Executive Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council," and an advisor to three American Presidents, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

  21. Rose Halprin

    Rose Halprin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1896-1978 (aged 82)
    Enrolled in Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    1912-1913 studied education
    Occupations
    social worker
    Biography

    Rose Luria Halprin was an American Zionist leader and National President of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America. In addition to her two terms as Hadassah president, she also served on the Zionist General Council, American Zionist Emergency Council, American Jewish Conference, and the Jewish Agency for Palestine. As part of the American section for the Jewish Agency, she was involved in discussions that led to the establishment of the State of Israel.