Speaker Profile Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Rabbi Allen Schwartz became the spiritual leader of Congregation Ohab Zedek in 1988. He is an alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his Master of Arts Degree in Bible, Rabbinics and Halacha from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he continues to work on his doctoral thesis on Rashi's methodology. Rabbi Schwartz was granted Smicha from the University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He currently holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he has taught since 1983.

Rabbi Schwartz and his wife Alisa moved to the Upper West Side in 1985, where he served as rabbi at Congregation Ohav Shalom before moving to the pulpit at Ohab Zedek. Rabbi Schwartz's major focus at OZ is to foster connections within and among the many different age groups and constituencies of Jews living on the Upper West Side. Seeking to make all kinds of religious opportunities available to Ohab Zedek members, he brings information to the community regarding such subjects as Chesed, Tzedakah, Torah learning, Shatnes testing, Tefillin and Mezuzah service, and assistance with Mitzvah and Shabbos observance. Rabbi Schwartz's goal for the community is to make every OZ attendee a member of the larger community family.

Rabbi Schwartz gives weekly classes on a variety of subjects at OZ and also taught fifth through eighth grades at Manhattan Day School. He has lectured extensively for the Board of Jewish Education of New York at elementary and high schools in the New York area. Rabbi Schwartz has published curricula on Biblical themes for Jewish day schools nationally and has written Bible curricula for Yeshiva day schools and high schools. He serves on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America and has also served as President of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of Manhattan's West Side. Rabbi Schwartz was the camp rabbi and educational director of Camp Morasha from 1996 to 2000 and then served as the educational director of Camp Mesora from 2002 to 2005 and continues to dedicate time during the summer months to serve its educational staff.

Rabbi Schwartz recently completed a scholarly edition of the Commentary of the Rokeach to the Book of Mishel (Proverbs), will soon publish his own commentary on the Pesach (Passover) Haggadah - The 4 Sons Haggadah.

Rabbi and Alisa Schwartz have six children and eleven grandchildren.

Speaker's Resources

e-TIM: Parshat Hashavuah 5784 with Weekly Guest Speakers

Becky Friedman, Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Dr. Rebecca Winter Gottlieb, Leah Silver, Noah Notis, Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Rabbi David Fine, Rabbi David Harbater, Rabbi David Nachbar, Rabbi Dr. Jacob Jaffe, Rabbi Elliot Schrier, Rabbi Jared Anstandig, Rabbi Judah Kerbel, Rabbi Mark Glass, Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi Sam Berkovitz, Rabbi Shlomo Gemara, Rabbi Yaakov Taubes, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Ruth Shane, Sofia Freudenstein, Zissy Turner
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Sep 14, 2023

e-TiM: Rosh Hashanah Yom Iyyun - A Day of Learning to Prepare for Rosh Hashana

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich, Dr. Tova Ganzel, Rabbi Alex Israel, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Jay Kelman, Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Sara Schatz, Yoetzet Halacha Laurie Novick
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Aug 23, 2023
Audio
Mar 30, 2023
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Mar 22, 2023

e-TiM: 2023 Pesach Learning Series

Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Leora Moskowitz Orenshein, Rabbi Alex Israel, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Adler, Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin, Rabbi Jay Kelman, Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi Yamin Goldsmith, Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon, Yoetzet Halacha Laurie Novick, Yosef Lindell
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Mar 13, 2023

e-TiM: Parshat Hashavuah 5783 with weekly guest speakers

Becky Friedman, Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Dr. Rebecca Winter Gottlieb, Dr. Rivka Schwartz, Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz, Leah Silver, Leora Moskowitz Orenshein, Rabba Wendy Amsellem, Rabbanit Dr. Adena Berkowitz, Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Rabbi Aaron Greenberg, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Aviad Tabory, Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Rabbi Daniel Fridman, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Rabbi David Ely Grundland, Rabbi David Fine, Rabbi Dr. Jacob Jaffe, Rabbi Gedalyah Berger, Rabbi Hyim Shafner, Rabbi Jared Anstandig, Rabbi Judah Kerbel, Rabbi Mark Glass, Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Rabbi Shlomo Gemara, Rabbi Steven Gotlib, Rabbi Wes Kalmar, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Ruth Shane, Sarah Gordon, Sofia Freudenstein, Zissy Turner
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Oct 12, 2022

e-TiM Parshat Shavua 5781 with weekly guest speaker

Atara Kelman, Dr. Aaron Koller, Dr. Rebecca Winter Gottlieb, Dr. Rivka Schwartz, Miriam Gedwiser, Nechama Price, Professor Shoshana Schechter, Rabba Wendy Amsellem, Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Aviad Tabory, Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Rabbi Brahm Weinberg, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Rabbi David Blackman, Rabbi Dr. Jacob Jaffe, Rabbi Dr. Seth Grauer, Rabbi Eitan Aviner, Rabbi Jay Kelman, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein, Rabbi Michael Whitman, Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi Noah Cheses, Rabbi Sam Berkovitz, Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Rabbi Shlomo Gemara, Rabbi Ya'akov Trump, Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Rabbi Yosie Levine, Rachel Slutsky, Rifki Freundlich, Shira Hecht-Koller, Zissy Turner
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Oct 15, 2020

Rut - Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Audio
Aug 18, 2020

Time for Tanach

Channa Lockshin Bob, Dr. Aaron Koller, Dr. Beni Gesundheit, Dr. Dov Zakheim, Dr. Erica Brown, Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Dr. Orit Avnery, Dr. Rebecca Winter Gottlieb, Dr. Shalom Holtz, Dr. Shimon Lerner, Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz, Miriam Krupka, Rabbanit Dena Freundlich, Rabbi Alex Israel, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Rabbi Chaim Strauchler, Rabbi David Silber, Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman, Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin, Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi Yaakov Beasley, Rabbi Zvi Grumet, Rachel Sharansky Danziger
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Jun 19, 2020