And to begin to get to know him better, here is his brief biography:
Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Barry L. Schwartz, a noted rabbi and author, is the CEO of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia, the preeminent English language publisher of the Bible and Jewish classics for the past 120 years.
Rabbi Schwartz received his BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and his MA and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, which also recently awarded him an honorary doctorate for twenty five years of service to the Reform rabbinate.
Rabbi Schwartz was senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ for more than a decade. He previously served pulpits in Amherst, NY and Chevy Chase, MD. Rabbi Schwartz began his career as the rabbi of the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa, and served in the Israeli army.
Rabbi Schwartz is a prolific writer, the author of four books, a prize winning short story, and scholarly articles that have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, American Jewish History, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. His textbook, Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values, is used in over 300 religious schools nationwide. A previous text Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study explores Jewish denominational thinking. Honi The Circlemaker: Eco-Fables From Ancient Israel is a series of folktales for children. Rabbi Schwartz’ latest book, Judaism’s Great Debates, will be published next year in adult and youth editions.
Rabbi Schwartz has a special passion for Jewish environmental activism. He has also been extensively involved with interfaith efforts, especially in Camden, N.J.
Rabbi Schwartz’ personal interests include hiking, cycling, table tennis, bonsai, and of course, reading. He is married to Deborah A. Schwartz, an occupational therapist specializing in hand rehabilitation. Their three children are Nadav, a financial planner, Talia, a speech pathologist, and Noam, a student at Rutgers University.