A native of Hampton, VA, Rabbi Yonatan (Yoni) Warren graduated the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. He received both his Masters of Arts and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, New York in May 2011. Shortly following his graduation, he was commissioned to Active Duty in the United States Navy.
Chaplain Warren was originally 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 3rd 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.As a Navy rabbi, he 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. During this time, he deployed on two Western Pacific patrols: Passover on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-5) and High Holidays in the Philippine Islands and aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5).
In January 2014, Chaplain Warren was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy as Rabbi and 4th Battalion Chaplain.
Rabbi Yoni Warren is married to Ms. Leora Skolnik of Forest Hills, NY. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Calanit, and a puppy, Penny Lane. 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.
Jewish Chaplains that have served at the Naval Academy
Commander Norman Auerbach, CHC, USN (Ret.) 1985-1989
Captain Albert Slomovitz, CHC, USN (Ret.) 1989-1992
Commander Robert Feinberg, CHC, USN (Ret.) 1992-1995
Commander Jonathan Panitz, CHC, USN (Ret.) 1995-1998
Captain Irving A. Elson, CHC, USN 1998-2002 and 2005-2007
Commander Joel Newman, CHC, USN 2002-2005
Lieutenant Daniella M. Kolodny, CHC, USN 2007-2009
Lieutenant Commander Seth D. Phillips, CHC, USN 2009-2012
Lieutenant Joshua Sherwin, CHC, USN 2012-2015
Lieutenant Yonatan M. Warren, CHC, USN 2015-Present