Rabbi Michael Schudrich
Chief Rabbi of Poland
Michael Schudrich was born in New York City in 1955. Schudrich was educated in Jewish Day Schools in the NY area. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1976 with Religious Studies major. Schudrich received smicha through the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1980 and then later through Yeshiva University in 2000 and received an MA in Jewish Studies from JTS in 1978 and an MA in history from Columbia in 1982.
Schudrich served as rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan from 1983-89. He was also concerned with the recognition of the heroism of Consul Sugihara in saving Polish Jews from the Shoah.
As a student in the 1970’s, Schudrich began his travels to East Europe by leading Jewish groups to those countries and meeting with the remnants of the Jewish communities. In 1990, Schudrich began working for the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and spent 1992-98 residing in Warsaw, Poland. In June 2000, Rabbi Schudrich returned to Poland as the Rabbi of Warsaw and Lodz and in December 2004 was appointed Chief Rabbi of Poland.
Rabbi Schudrich is the recipient of several awards and medals including the Polish Presidential medal of honor, The Menorah Award for dialogue, Jan Karski Award, Guardians of Memory Award, Tygodnik Powszechny Award.
Rabbi Schudrich has one daughter, Arianna, who lives in New York.