Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, graduate of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, served as the rabbi of the modern orthodox Riverdale Jewish Center for close to 31 years.
Rabbi Rosenblatt grew up in Baltimore, where his grandfather was the founding rabbi of Beth Tefiloh and a key force in the creation of the Beth Tefiloh Dahan Community School. Rabbi Rosenblatt is also the great grandson of the famous cantor Yossele Rosenblatt.
The Rabbi has a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in Comparative Literature. His PhD is from Columbia University in New York, in Modern British Literature. He studied Talmud at the famed Har Etzion Yeshivah in Gush Etzion before he earned is rabbinic ordination at RIETS in 1982.
In June 2014 Rabbi Rosenblatt was honored for his 30 years of service at the Riverdale Jewish Center’s 60th Anniversary Dinner. Among those addressing the participants, either in person or through video were Rabbi Ahron Lichtenstein, the co-head of Israel’s Har Etzion Yeshivah; Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshivah at YU; the widow of Rabbi Yehuda Amital, co-head of Har Etzion Yeshivah; Richard Joel, president of YU; and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, former rabbi of the RJC and associate professor of history at YU.
On June 11, 2014 Congressman Eliot Engel spoke to Congress about Rabbi Rosenblatt:
“Anchored by his wife Tzipporah, Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt has been at the helm of the RJC for nearly 30 years, and their guidance can be felt throughout the lives of those whom they have touched…My connection to the Rosenblatts is personal. Rabbi Rosenblatt is a dear friend who was a great comfort to both me and my family after my mother passed away. Rabbi Rosenblatt is truly one of the kindest and most sensitive people whom I have met. He has never proven otherwise, in each and every encounter we have had. The Riverdale Jewish Center is fortunate to have Rabbi Rosenblatt at the helm of the Shul, and I am fortunate to call him my friend.”