My TribeFest 2012 Interview with Rabbi Charlie Schwartz!
This post is an interview with Rabbi Charlie Schwartz, the Director of Digital Engagement and Learning for The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), about young Jewish leaders current approaches and attitudes towards Israel.
Rabbi Charlie Schwartz will be speaking at the TribeFest sessions: “Me Myself and Israel, A Town Hall Meeting.” and “The Case of Max: Dilemmas & New Frontiers in American Jewish Engangement with Israel in the Twenty-First Century.”
What are young American Jewish leaders thinking about Israel today in 2012? That’s a question that’s been on my mind recently.
Since I made aliyah from Seattle, WA. back in 2004, there has been just a tremendous number of pivotal world events that have changed the political and social landscape of Israel and the U.S..
Here are just a few of the major world events I can remember that have occurred recently:
The real possibility of a nuclear Iran, Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, the Israeli settlements being brought to the table as an issue in the peace process, Obama getting elected in 2008, the 2012 U.S. elections, Bibi being elected the PM of Israel, rocket attacks on the South of Israel, the Mumbai terror attacks, Gilad Shalit being captured and released, the Israeli/French family murdered in France just a few days ago, and the list goes on!
Since the world has seemingly been turned on it’s head over and over the past few years I was thrilled when TribeFest introduced me the amazing Rabbi Charlie Schwartz!
Rabbi Schwartz seems to me to be unbelievably experienced for the amount of time he has had to develop his career. This is from Rabbi Schwartz’s bio on the TribeFest speakers page:
“Rabbi Charlie Schwartz serves as the Director of Digital Engagement and Learning for The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) . In addition to his position at JTS, Charlie is the Rabbinic Advisor for Harvard Hillel’s Student Conservative Minyan, founding director of Not-A-Box Media Lab and a field facilitator for Encounter, an educational organization training Jewish leadership to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to heal internal Jewish rifts formed in its wake.”
“Charlie received rabbinic ordination and a masters degree in education at JTS, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Named to the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 as a leader helping to reshape the Jewish community, Charlie is a nationally recognized educator focusing on technology and Israel. Charlie has worked with a number of Israel-focused non-profits including Encounter, The Chayei Sarah Project and Makom. Prior to JTS, Charlie served with distinction as a squad commander in the airborne battalion of the Nahal infantry brigade in the Israeli Defense Forces. A native of Portland, Oregon, Charlie lives in Cambridge with his wife Dr. Andrea Wershof Schwartz, their daughter Maayan, and their sousaphone.”
Rabbi Schwartz was just the person I needed to fill me in on what young American Jewish leaders attitudes and approaches to Israel are like these days.
The following are the questions I had for Rabbi Schwatrz and the answers he was kind enough to share with me:
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