Rabbinical Consultant, Rabbi PJ Schwartz, RJE
Rabbinical Consultant, Rabbi PJ Schwartz, RJE
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Rabbi PJ Schwartz is currently Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel in Westport, CT and is the Rabbinic Consultant for the Legacy Project, which provides educators with quality lessons and resources to integrate Jewish values, thought, text, and tradition into the general curriculum. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-HIR) in Cincinnati, OH, in June, 2013.  He was the recipient of the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize awarded to the senior rabbinical student who best contributes to the development of community relations. While at HUC-JIR, PJ served student congregations in Marion, Indiana, Ishpeming, Michigan, and Marion, Ohio. He also served in numerous capacities as a teacher, Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow, and Rabbinic Intern for Isaac M. Wise Temple. He also pursued Clinical Pastoral Education and trained as a chaplain. Rabbi Schwartz wrote his rabbinic thesis on the traditional and contemporary understandings of kavannah (intentionality, thoughtfulness, and devotion) in Jewish worship.

In addition to his studies at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Schwartz received a Master's in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Jewish Education at Xavier University. He is a frequent contributor to the Union of Reform Judaism's weekly e-newsletter, Ten Minutes of Torah and is an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).  He serves on the continuing education committee of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE), and the board of NewCAJE. In 2013, Rabbi Schwartz was granted the prestigious title Reform Jewish Educator by the major institutions of Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Schwartz is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, a special education teacher.