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Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1985 and served previous pulpits in Amherst, New York, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his career in Israel, as rabbi of the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. Besides serving Congregation Adas Emuno, Rabbi Barry Schwartz is the director of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia, the nation's oldest and best known Jewish publisher.

Rabbi Schwartz is a prolific writer, the author of six books, a prize winning short story, and articles that have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, American Jewish History, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. Rabbi Schwartz is the author of Judaism's Great Debates (2012), which was published in both adult and youth editions. His textbook, Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values (1996) is still used in over 300 religious schools nationwide. Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study (1991) explores Jewish denominational thinking. Honi The Circlemaker–EcoFables From Ancient Israel (1993) is a series of folktales for children. 

In 2018 Rabbi Schwartz published Path of the Prophets: The Ethics-Driven Life as well as a children's book Adam's Animals, that was selected by the PJ Library program to be distributed to 25,000 Jewish children in the US, Canada and the UK.

Rabbi Schwartz is an avid hiker, cyclist, and table tennis player. He is married to Deborah A. Schwartz, an occupational therapist specializing in hand rehabilitation. Their three adult children are Nadav, Talia, and Noam.

Select Archived Sermons

A Sense of the Sacred (Yom Kippur 5783)

To Life, Not Death (Kol Nidre 5783)

Letter to My Grandson (Rosh Hashanah 5783)

America (Yom Kippur 5782)

Jonah (Kol Nidre 5782)

Prayer (Rosh Hashanah 5782)

Sesquicentennial (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5782)

Who Shall Live? (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5782)

Say My Name (Yom Kippur 5781)

Democracy Grief (Kol Nidre 5781)

Pandemic Memorium (Rosh Hashanah 5781)

The Great Extinction (Yom Kippur 5780)

You Will Be Found (Kol Nidre 5780)

Walking Together (Rosh Hashanah 5780)

So I Will Plant for My Children (Rosh Hashanah 5779)

Fifty Years Later (Kol Nidre 5779)

Here Come Moses’ Children (Yom Kippur 5779)

Our Country (Rosh Hashanah 5778)

Homo Moralis (Kol Nidre 5778)

Israel at 70 (Yom Kippur 5778)

Avinu Malkeinu (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5777)
The Ambivalent American Jew (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5777)

Xenophobia (Kol Nidre 5777)

Finding Your Voice (Yom Kippur 5777)

The Birthday of the World (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5776)
Who Are We? (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5776)

Legacies (Kol Nidre 5776)

The Work of Our Hands (Yom Kippur 5776)

Ancient Seeds (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5775)
Waiting for Justice (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5775)

The Day of E-tonement (Kol Nidre 5775)

Our Most Common Mistake (Yom Kippur 5775)

Letters to My Children Part 1: Education (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5774)
Letters to My Children Part 2: Identity (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5774)

Letters to My Children Part 3: Community (Kol Nidre 5774)

Letters to My Children Part 4: Empathy (Yom Kippur 5774)

The Book of Life (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5773)

Community (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5773)

Judaism on Fire (Kol Nidre 5773)

Seasons of Love (Yom Kippur 5773)

Before Whom You Stand (Rosh Hashanah Evening 5772)

Memorable Judaism (Rosh Hashanah Morning 5772)

Second Chances or Today is Not Tomorrow (Kol Nidre 5772)

"Let It Go" (Yom Kippur 5772)SayS

Rabbi Schwartz's sermon, "One Earth", was included in the anthology, Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion, edited by Paul Levinson and Michael Waltemathe, and published by Fordham University Press, and as an ebook by Connected Editions in 2016. The collection also includes an essay entitled, "The Touching Interface of the Cosmos", by Adas Emuno Past President Lance Strate.

Select Additional Writings

We Need More Jewish Debate, Not Less (Blog Post) For You Were Strangers in Egypt (Jewish Standard Op-Ed)

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Student Cantor

Joseph Flaxman

Religious School Director

Shira Friedman

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