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Leib Gurwicz

Aryeh Ze’ev (Leib) Gurwicz (1906–20 October 1982) was an influential Orthodox rabbi and Talmudic scholar. He was the son-in-law of Rabbi Elyah Lopian and best known as Rosh Yeshiva of the Gateshead Yeshiva in Gateshead, England, where he taught for over 30 years.
He studied at various yeshivas in Lithuania and Poland before marrying and moving to England in 1932. This move saved him from the Holocaust under the Nazis.

Gunther Plaut

Wolf Gunther Plaut, CC, O.Ont (November 1, 1912 – February 8, 2012) was a Reform rabbi and author. Plaut was the rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto for several decades and since 1978 was its Senior Scholar.

Mordecai Kaplan

Mordecai Menahem Kaplan (June 11, 1881 – November 8, 1983), was a rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein.

Joachim Prinz

Joachim Prinz (May 10, 1902 – September 30, 1988) 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 emigrated to the United States in 1937. There he became vice-chairman of the World Jewish Congress, an active member of the World Zionist Organization and a participant in the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Baruch Lanner

Baruch S. Lanner (born October 20, 1949) is an American former Orthodox rabbi who was convicted of child sexual abuse.

Asher Lopatin

Asher Lopatin (born September 1, 1964) is an American Open Orthodox rabbi. He is the President of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, located in Riverdale in New York City. Previously, he was the spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, and is widely known for his commitment to fostering and promoting an inclusive view of Orthodoxy.

Akiva Ehrenfeld

Akiva Ehrenfeld (Hebrew: עקיבא עהרענפעלד‎) (1923 – 16 August 2012) was an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who helped establish the Kiryat Mattersdorf and Unsdorf neighborhoods of northern Jerusalem. He served as president of Kiryat Mattersdorf and president of the Chasan Sofer Institutions in the United States.

Aaron Schechter

Aaron Moshe Schechter (also Aharon Moshe Schechter) is the rosh yeshiva (“dean”) of the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin and its post-graduate Talmudical division Kollel Gur Aryeh as well as of all the branches of the yeshiva in Brooklyn, New York City that includes an elementary school and a high school for young Jewish boys, teenagers, and young men almost exclusively drawn from the surrounding community of Haredi Jews living in Midwood, Brooklyn. The total number of students at the “Chaim Berlin” institutions is close to three thousand students.
Rabbi Schechter was born in Brooklyn in the 1920s and became a disciple of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner after being enrolled in the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin as a young child. He also studied in the Lakewood Yeshiva. His father belonged to the Young Israel movement and was befriended by Rabbi Hutner who had arrived in America in the 1930s.

Shlomo Cunin

Rabbi Baruch Shlomo Eliyahu Cunin, (Hebrew ברוך שלמה אליהו קונין), (Shlomo Cunin), is a Hasidic Rabbi, associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Cunin is the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of California, and Chabad activities on the West Coast of the United States.

Lionel Blue

Lionel Blue, OBE (6 February 1930 – 19 December 2016) was a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster, described by The Guardian as “one of the most respected religious figures in the UK”. He was best known for his longstanding work with the media, most notably his wry and gentle sense of humour on Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was the first British rabbi publicly to declare his homosexuality.

Joseph Hertz

Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, CH (25 September 1872 – 14 January 1946) was a Jewish Hungarian-born rabbi and Bible scholar. He is most notable for holding 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.

Abraham J. Twerski

Abraham Joshua Twerski (Hebrew: אֲבְרָהָם יְהוֹשֻׁע טווערסקי‎; born October 6, 1930) is an American Hasidic rabbi, a scion of the Chernobil Hasidic dynasty, and a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse.

Joseph Breuer

Joseph Breuer (March 20, 1882 – April 19, 1980) was a rabbi and community leader in Germany and the United States. He was a Rabbi of one of the large Jewish synagogues founded by German-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi oppression that had settled in Washington Heights, New York.

Baruch Levine

Baruch Levine (born December 28, 1977) is a Canadian-born American Orthodox Jewish composer and singer whose songs have become popular and classic throughout the Orthodox Jewish world. His slow, soulful, heartfelt tunes have gained wide popularity at Shabbat tables and kumzits gatherings. One of his most successful compositions is “Vezakeini” (Give Us Merit), derived from the ancient prayer recited at Shabbat candle lighting.

David Weiss Halivni

David Weiss Halivni (Hebrew: דוד וייס הלבני‎‎) (born 1927) is a European-born American-Israeli rabbi, scholar in the domain of Jewish Sciences and professor of Talmud.

Yitzchak Kossowsky

הרב יצחק קוסובסקי-שחור (ה’ בתשרי תרל”ח, 1877 – כ’ באלול תשי”א, 1951) היה רב בכמה מערי ליטא, רוסיה ובבלארוס, ולאחר מכן ראב”ד יוהנסבורג בדרום אפריקה.

Myer S. Kripke

Myer Samuel Kripke (January 21, 1914 – April 11, 2014) was an American rabbi, scholar, and philanthropist. He was based in Omaha, Nebraska.

Avraham Aharon Price

Rabbi Abraham Aharon Price (1900–1994) was a world-renowned Torah scholar, writer, educator, and a community leader in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was one of the city’s most influential rabbinic figures.

David Masinter

Rabbi David Masinter (born 25 November 1959) is a rabbi, founder and director of the Miracle Drive annual charity drive, and director of Chabad House in Johannesburg. He lectures in Tanya, the primary text of Chabad Chassidus and has authored the Grow Your Life series.

Sholem Ber Hecht

Sholem Ber Hecht (born 1946) is an American Chabad rabbi. Hecht is the CEO of National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE).

Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits

Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits (8 February 1921 – 31 October 1999) was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991. Prior to this, he had served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and as rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City. In addition to his official duties he was regarded as an authority in medical ethics from a Jewish standpoint. He was knighted in 1981 and became the first Chief Rabbi to enter the House of Lords in 1988 as Baron Jakobovits.

Sara Hurwitz

Sara Hurwitz is an Open Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader who received ordination from Rabbi Avi Weiss. She is the “Rabba” at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Riverdale, Bronx, New York, and the dean of Yeshivat Maharat in Riverdale, Bronx, New York.

Elie Kaunfer

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is rosh yeshiva (Rabbinic dean) and CEO at Mechon Hadar in Manhattan. He is the co-author with Jonathan Sarna of Empowered Judaism (2010), a book that explores independent minyanim and building Jewish communities.

Jonathan Sacks

Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks (Hebrew: Yaakov Zvi, יעקב צבי; born 8 March 1948) is a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, and politician.

Bernard M. Casper

Bernard Moses Casper (1916–1988) was born and reared in London; educated in London and Cambridge; and served as Rabbi and educator in Manchester and London. He was a commissioned Chaplain in the British Army through most of the Second World War, and served with distinction as Senior Chaplain of the Jewish Infantry Brigade Group, earning a Mention in Despatches. In 1956, he was appointed the first Dean for Student Affairs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was called to Johannesburg in 1963 as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of Johannesburg. In 1964 he became Chief Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues of South Africa.

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