There are many movements (brands) of Judaism that flourish outside of Israel that are religious. The orthodox do not have a monopoly on the religious side of Judaism. Maybe their version of the halachic side of Judaism, but not the religious side. From what I have experienced personally, most orthodox shuls, in or out of Israel, are equally likely to be devoid of spirituality as any reform or conservative shul.<quoted text>
I should have said Jews outside of Israel have no real connection to the religious side to Judaism. He was one of the foremost Rabbis of my lifetime this doesn't mean that those outside the orthodox community would know who he is.
That all said, I agree with your other points. American Jewry is neither state sponsored nor uniformly hierarchical. Furthermore, we are overwhelmingly Ashkenazi. So the majority of us probably never heard of the rabbi in question. However, we have plenty of American and British rabbis we HAVE heard of, among all movements. But that doesnt mean we "follow" them in the way the idiot from Jamaica claims we do.