American rabbi; born at Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1860. Educated at the high school, the university (A.B. 1883), and the Hebrew Union College (rabbi, 1884) of his native town, he became rabbi successively at Dallas, Texas (1884), and Galveston, Texas (1885); since 1888 he has been rabbi at the Temple Emanu-El in New York city, until 1899 as assistant to Gustav Gottheil.
Silverman was president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 1900 to 1903; and since the latter year he has been vice-president of the New York Board of Jewish Ministers. He is also a member of the board of governors of the Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati, and the organizer of the Emanu-El Brotherhood. In 1892, and again in 1904, he delivered the opening prayer in the House of Representatives at Washington.
Silverman is the author of a "Catechism" (Galveston, Texas, 1885); and he has contributed articles to the Jewish periodicals.
- American Jewish Year Book, 1904.