USNA Chaplain


Rabbi Yonatan Warren, Lt., CHC, USN

United States Naval Academy

A native of Hampton, VA, Chaplain Yonatan Warren graduated the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. He received his Masters of Arts and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, New York in May 2011.

Following his graduation, he was commissioned to Active Duty. Chaplain Warren was commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate in the IRR in March of 2009, and participated in several Training opportunities while also attending Seminary. He graduated Chaplain School in August of 2011. In November, he reported as a Battalion Chaplain to 3d Marine Logistics Group, Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion on Camp Hansen. In addition to his battalion duties, Chaplain Warren was tasked to serve as the Rabbi for the Jewish communities of Okinawa and the Western Pacific, and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of the Jewish Holy Days observances during Operation Enduring Freedom. In December 2013, he was transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit where he deployed on two Western Pacific patrols. In January 2014, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy as Rabbi and 4th Battalion Chaplain. His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star and the Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification.

The daily work of delivering religious ministry at the Academy is accomplished by a dedicated team of experienced active-duty Navy chaplains, Religious Program Specialists, civilian employees, and volunteers. While the ministry is focused on the Brigade of Midshipmen, they welcome guests and visitors to the public services. Friday night service begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Miller Chapel. Please call the Friends of the Jewish Chapel (410-268-0169) to confirm that services are being held when you would like to join us.

Previous Chaplains

assigned to the United States Naval Acacemy

  • CDR Norman Auerbach, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • CAPT Albert Slomovitz, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • CDR Robert Feinberg, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • CDR Jonathan Panitz, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • CAPT Irving A. Elson, CHC, USN
  • CDR Joel Newman, CHC, USN
  • CAPT Irving A. Elson, CHC, USN
  • Lt. Daniella Kolodny, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • LCDR Seth Phillips, CHC, USN (Ret.)
  • Lt. Joshua Sherwin, CHC, USN