Rabbi Dr. Barry Dov Schwartz is an honor graduate of Boston University and a cum laude graduate from the Hebrew Teachers College. After studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he was ordained from The Jewish Theological Seminary where he was named the Cyrus Adler Scholar and earned a Master’s degree and two doctorates. He was involved with the publication of Simon Wiesenthal’s, The Murderers Among Us and wrote the introduction to Wiesenthal’s, The Sunflower. Many of his articles have been translated into Hebrew and Spanish. A founding member of the Student’s Struggle for the Soviet Jewry, he spent the summer of 1984 visiting Refuseniks in Moscow and Leningrad.
Involved with many interfaith activities, he was a founder and on the Board of Pave The Way, an organization dedicated to improving relations between Christians and Jews, The Vatican and Israel. In 2005, Rabbi Schwartz was part of a delegation that met with Pope John Paul II in Rome where he was one of three Rabbis extended the honor of offering a blessing to the Pope. Rabbi Schwartz was also one of twenty-three rabbis who were invited to dialogue with King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Dr. Schwartz is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’nai Sholom, Rockville Centre, where he served for thirty seven years. He is past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Long Island, an executive member of the Long Island Board of Rabbis and the New York Board of Rabbis. He served on the Board of Governors of St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center and he currently serves as a Chaplain at Mercy. His chaplaincy duties extend to the Nassau County and Rockville Centre Police Departments and he has appeared in part of a televised series on Telecare with Adelphi University’s former President, Robert Scott. In addition, Rabbi Schwartz currently serves on the board of the American Red Cross. He has earned a certificate in clinical pastoral counseling dealing with stress, trauma and domestic violence from Molloy College where he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Rabbi Schwartz is a Chaplain, Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves, and is a married father of three grown children and has four grandchildren.