Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington DC (From TCR article; © Rick Reinhard 2017,
Rabbi Resnicoff was Command Chaplain of USEUCOM (US European Command)
The “Camouflage Kippa,” which replaced Rabbi Resnicoff’s skullcap after it became dirty and bloody following the 1983 Truck Bomb Attack in Beirut, Lebanon
Letter from President Reagan to Rabbi Resnicoff thanking him for his report from the Beirut Barracks Bombing. (March 15, 1984) Four days after the attack, President George H.W. Bush visited Beirut, where he invited Resnicoff to write a report on the attack.
President Reagan reading Rabbi Resnicoff’s report of the 1983 Beirut truck bomb attack as the keynote speech for Jerry Falwell’s convention, “Baptist Fundamentalism ’84” (April 1984)
Photograph of President Reagan personally inscribed to Rabbi Resnicoff and signed
Rabbi Resnicoff delivered the invocation at President Obama’s signing of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. (December 22, 2010) The ceremony was moved from the White House to the Department of Labor to allow an increased number of attendees. Photo by Patsy Lynch for the Windy City Times.
Rabbi Resnicoff attending the Clinton White House breakfast for religious leaders, discussing religious approaches to violence in our schools. (1998) In his remarks, President Clinton admitted he needed to repent for his actions with Monica Lewinsky.
Rabbi Resnicoff at the White House Hanukka Reception (December 2005)
Rabbi Resnicoff participated in a number of non-political White House events, under Presidents including Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Trump.
Standing next to Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Rabbi Resnicoff delivers the closing prayer at the 20th anniversary Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Wall — the same closing prayer he delivered at the November 1982 dedication (Nov 11, 2002)
Rabbi Resnicoff delivering a prayer to open a session of Congress
Rabbi Resnicoff being introduced by Senator Stevens, to deliver the prayer to open the U.S. Senate session (January 22, 2003)
Rabbi Resnicoff received MOMENT magazine’s 1991 International Community Service Award
Rabbi Resnicoff with Congressional leaders following his prayer to open the House (February 6, 2019) Left to Right: Rep Don Beyer (VA), Rabbi Resnicoff, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Chaplain Pat Conroy
Rabbi Resnicoff with the Marines in Beirut, providing Foxhole Counseling (1984)
Rabbi Seymour Siegel (center), then Executive Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, meets the Sixth Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Edward Martin (right), and Assistant Sixth Fleet Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff (left), to discuss the participation of U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet ships in the U.S. annual Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. USS Puget Sound, Gaeta, Italy (1984)
Rabbi Resnicoff leading the first US Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust service on a US Navy ship (May 1984)
Rabbi Resnicoff delivering the benediction, at the Capitol Rotunda, for the 1987 Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony (April 28, 1987) From the prayer: “If the time has not yet dawned when we can all proclaim our faith in God, then let us say at least, that we admit we are not gods ourselves. If we cannot yet see the face of God in others, then let us see, at least, a face as human as our own.”
Rabbi Resnicoff with General and Mrs. Wesley K. Clark, USEUCOM headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany
Rabbi Resnicoff leading the International Chiefs of Chaplains Conference in Geneva (February 2000). Resnicoff also led the conferences in Luxembourg and Vienna.
Rabbi Resnicoff with Chiefs of Chaplains, MajGen Fiume Ggqiba, South Africa; and Sabelo Maseko, Swaziland (1998)
Rabbi Resnicoff at Camp Hope Refugee Camp, Albania (1999)
Rabbi Resnicoff visiting the Air Force Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base, Iraq (2005) To his left: Lt.Col. (Dr.) Mark Werner, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron Commander
Rabbi Resnicoff with William Cardinal Kasper, the Vatican’s top representative on Ecumenical Affairs and Jewish-Catholic relations (2002)
A Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll) for the United States Naval Academy. In 1989, Rabbi Resnicoff and Naval Academy chaplain Norman Auerbach traveled to Westminster Synagogue (United Kingdom) to pick up a rescued Holocaust Torah for the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. The scroll, protected by glass, is on display for all visitors.
Rabbi Resnicoff with his daughter Malka, who wears a souvenir of the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev talks in Iceland, where her father conducted Jewish High Holy Day services during the historic meetings
Rabbi Resnicoff has the honor of “frocking” the Navy’s first Muslim Chaplain, Monje Malak Abd al-Muta Noel Jr, after coordinating a special two week training program for him at Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut (March 1996)
Chaplain Resnicoff leading the memorial service for Allen Soifert in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 21, 1983. Here he is joined by Chaplains Pucciarelli and Wheeler so that they could recite the 23rd psalm together.
Department of Defense Guide to observances for the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust (first edition)
Rabbi Resnicoff delivering the concluding prayer for the graduation and ordination ceremony for his rabbinical school class at Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), 1976
Rabbi Resnicoff leading the first interfaith service at Israel’s Western Wall (Kotel), Jerusalem (1983)
Rabbi Resnicoff delivering the commissioning prayer for the Israeli ship INS Eilat, Pascagoula, Mississippi. (March 19, 1993) The Eilat was the first in a new class of combatant “corvette” ships, built as a joint US-Israeli project. Speakers at the commissioning included Rear Admiral Ami Ayalon, Commander in Chief, Israeli Navy, and the Honorable Ismar Rabinovich, Israeli Ambassador to the United States.
The Jewish Worship Pennant flies above the American Flag aboard a U.S. Navy Ship, symbolizing “One Nation, Under God”
In 1984, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains presented an interfaith award, the Rabbi Louis Parris Hall of Heroes Gold Medallion, to the military chaplain team present at the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff; Catholic priest Fr. George Pucciarelli; and Protestant minister Danny Wheeler
The three oldest symbols of U.S. Military Chaplains — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish — on the arms of 3 Navy Chaplains Chaplains (left to right): George Ridgeway, Shai Noel, Arnold Resnicoff
Rabbi Resnicoff at the Commodore Levy Chapel, the oldest Jewish Chapel in the Navy, and one of two Navy chapels named for American Navy hero Uriah P. Levy. His daughter Malka is on the left.
In 1980, at the Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, Rabbi Resnicoff served on a Navy “Blue Ribbon Panel” that recommended Jewish Chaplain insignia be changed from Roman Numerals to Hebrew letters. The change was officially made in 1981 for the Navy, followed by Army and Air Force. The deadline for all Jewish chaplains to make the change was January 1, 1983.
Based on his original translation of a Biblical verse from Isaiah, Rabbi Resnicoff had this 11-foot x 7-foot wall-hanging created as a community project by the members of the Commodore Levy Chapel, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
Defense Superior Service Medal, presented to Chaplain Resnicoff for “distinguish[ing] himself by exceptionally superior service while serving as Command Chaplain, Headquarters, United States European Command, from May 1997 to May 2000
The Honorable Michael Wynne, Secretary of the Air Force, presents Rabbi Resnicoff with the USAF Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest award the AF can give to a civilian (June 16, 2006)
As Command Chaplain for the U.S. European Command, In 1998-1999, Chaplain Resnicoff hosted and coordinated the first official visits for the Army, Navy, and Air Force Chiefs of Chaplains to Israel, one of the nations within the USEUCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). Here, US Navy Rear Admiral Byron Holderby (USN Chief of Chaplains, second from right, next to Chaplain Resnicoff) plants a tree at Israel’s John F. Kennedy Memorial. (August 1998)
Here in Israel, Major General William Dendinger (USAF Chief of Chaplains, seated far left) and Major General Donald Shea (US Army Chief of Chaplains, seated second from right, next to Chaplain Resnicoff) at a dinner with Israeli religious leaders of different faiths (May 1999)
In 1967, between his sophomore and junior years of college, Rabbi Resnicoff spent a year living and working at a kibbutz in Israel on the Jewish Agency’s Sherut La’am (Service for the Nation) program for young American Jews
Quote from Life Magazine, THE YEAR IN PICTURES: 1983 (January 1984) “I have been watching these men doing the clearing, and this is when they get the most emotional. It’s when they have to pick up the birthday cards and the wedding pictures strewn around the rubble that it hits them that all of these people were individuals. — Lt.Comdr. Arnold Resnicoff, rabbi of the Sixth Fleet
A Navy conference helps a rabbi’s teaching reach Christian teachers and students around the world. The acknowledgement in this book demonstrates how Rabbi Resnicoff’s love of the works of his teacher Rabbi Max Kadushin inspired Christian educator Locke E. Bowman, Jr. to learn more about him — and then to share Kadushin’s ideas through the book, “Teaching for Christian Hearts, Souls, and Minds.”
The Treasury of American Prayer, Doubleday Press, 2008. Includes two of Rabbi Resnicoff’s prayers — the only rabbinic prayers included in the collection.
Rabbi Resnicoff featured in the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) 1990 Calendar. Photo montage for October: Resnicoff alongside Alexander Goode, one of the famous Four Chaplains. From the caption: “Rabbis in the military have always played a vital role in attending to the spiritual needs of Jewish and non-Jewish soldiers alike.”
Rabbi Resnicoff was featured in the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) 2019 Calendar, for the month of October. Photos from Camp Hope (Albania), Vietnam, and the Pentagon.