Rabbi Michael Schwartz

Rabbi Michael J. Schwartz has been serving Jewish communities around the world for nearly two decades. He began his rabbinical studies at HUC-JIR and, after making Aliyah in 1997, studied at the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s Schechter Institute in Jerusalem where he received ordination in 2001. He served as the first Education Director at Congregation Hod v’Hadar in Kfar Saba, as rabbi of the United Jewish Congregation in Hong Kong, as the rabbi for High Holidays at the International Jewish Congregation in Brussels, and as a rabbi and Jewish Studies teacher at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC. He was the Founding Director of the Human Rights Beit Midrash program at Hebrew University’s Hillel, launched in conjunction with the organization Rabbis for Human Rights, and he served as a Jewish educator for groups of teens and college students in Israel for over ten years. He has also worked as a development professional with the JDC, and the NGOs EcoPeace and Rabbis for Human Rights. He is a veteran leader of benai mitzvah services for families visiting Israel.

rabbischwartzRabbi Michael is married to Tamar Forman, a ceramic artist specializing in art education using Jewish text and in working with young children who have severe mental and physical disabilities. Michael and Tamar have four children – Binyamin, Yarden, Zohar, and David.

Contact Rabbi Schwartz

You can reach Rabbi Schwartz directly by calling (650) 948-7498 and dialing or asking for extension 103, or by composing the private email address: rabbischwartz
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