Rabbi Nathan Bamberger
March 5, 2019
Rabbi Nathan Bamberger came from Denmark to the United States in Jan. 1946. He first studied at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore,Md. Later he studied at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in New York City. He received S'micha (1951) from Rabbis J.B.Soloveichik, M.Schazkes and Dr.Belkin. He returned to Denmark and worked for the Scandinavian Jewish Youth Organization. Rabbi Bamberger has spoken in many cities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He received a quota visa and returned to the USA in 1952 and his first rabbinic position was Elmhurst Jewish Center, Jackson Heights, N.Y. (1953-1970). He then served at Young Israel of Kingsbridge, Bronx, NY.(1970-1984), and finally, at Kingsbridge Heights Jewish Center in the Bronx (1984-2002). When the synagogue closed its doors, he retired. Rabbi Bamberger received an M.A. degree (1968) as well as his doctoral degree (1974) from Bernhard Revel Graduate School of Y.U. He published "Basic Guide to Judaism and Hilchoth Melicha" (1958), "The Viking Jews" (hardcover ed.1983), softcover ed.(1990), "Timely Torah Twinkles" (1988)"Bronx Palace of Torah" (2002),many sermons in the RCA Annual Sermon Manual, as well as articles in "Theological and Halachick Reflection on the Holocaust"(1991)and in RCA Sermon Anthology (1992). He has been a member of the RCA since 1953, was a member of the S'micha Standards Committee, Membership Committee, Committee on Scouting, and Chairman of the Kashruh Committee and Kashruth Commission of the RCA and OU. He travelled on behalf of Kashruth for the OU to many foreign countries, among them Iceland and Morocco. He was a vice president of the Vaad HaRabonim of the Bronx,N.Y. Rabbi Bamberger was honored by the Elmhurst Jewish Center, UJA, Israel Bonds, Mefifta Tifereth, Jerusalem, Ezras Torah, Emuna Women of Canada, Boy Scouts of America,(Shofar Award) and (Silver Beaver Award, signed by President Ronald Reagan ,1986) and many more. He was married to the late Dina Berlinger, graduate of Beth Jacob Teachers Seminary(1952), Hunter College (B.S.61), Queens College (M.A.1970). She worked as an Educational Evaluator for the Board of Education, City of New York. They have one son Naftali Todd (Amy) and 4 grandchildren.