Rabbi Barry Schwartz

Open Judaism: Finding Your Place in the Jewniverse

Wednesday, September 11th, 2024 - 7:00-8:30pm EST

Wednesday, September 11th, 7:00-8:30pm EST

In our post 9-11 and post Oct. 7 world, what does it mean to be a pluralistic Jew? What are the possibilities and what are the parameters? In the eternal debate of Athens vs Jerusalem, why do we need both? Jewish theology has never been more challenging....and more relevant!

Rabbi Schwartz is director and editor-in-chief emeritus of The Jewish Publication Society (JPS), the preeminent publisher of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh) and Jewish classics since 1888.


Rabbi Schwartz received his BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and his MA and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College. He previously served as senior rabbi of
Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ. 


He began his career as the rabbi of the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa, where he also served in the Israeli army.

Rabbi Schwartz is a prolific writer- the author of books for adults, teens and children, a prize-winning short story, a play, a prayer book, and scholarly articles that have appeared in the
Journal of Reform Judaism, American Jewish History, and the Hebrew Union College Annual.

His several textbooks have been used in over 300 religious schools nationwide for the past 20 years.
His children’s works include Adams’ Animals (2017), a selection of the PJ Library, The New Queen of Sheba (2020) and Jonah’s Tale of a Whale (2021).

His latest book is a comprehensive survey of the full spectrum of modern Jewish thought today, entitled Open Judaism: A Guide for Believers, Atheists and Agnostics (2023).

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