Community Synagogue of Rye mourns the passing on April 13, 2020 of Rabbi Emeritus Robert A. Rothman, whose wisdom, spiritual leadership, and passion for Judaism deeply impacted and inspired many generations.
A true scholar, he was a graduate of Yeshiva University and Hebrew Union College. He held multiple advanced degrees, authored numerous articles, and taught at Touro College and Westchester Community College. A Navy Chaplain from 1957 through 1980, he continued as a chaplain with local police departments.
Rabbi Rothman became the spiritual leader of Community Synagogue in 1966 and led the congregation for 31 years. His dedication to the promotion of goodwill and understanding among people of different faiths was significant and he was instrumental in the creation of the Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee.
Upon his retirement, he served as a rabbi in Italy and South Africa and continued to teach and share his knowledge.
Born in the Bronx, he lived in Rye for many years, then Rye Brook and, most recently, White Plains.
He is survived by his wife Miriam, daughters Dee, Kay, and Jessica, and his grandchildren Kevin and Andrea.
A private burial will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Rabbi Rothman may be made to Feeding Westchester or a food pantry of your choice.