Rabbi Steven Schwartz joined Beth El in 1998 as the congregation’s Assistant Rabbi. Upon Rabbi Mark G. Loeb’s retirement in 2008, Rabbi Schwartz became the third Senior Rabbi in the congregation’s history, now known as the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Senior Rabbi’s Chair, endowed by the Herbert Bearman Foundation. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Schwartz is a graduate of Brandeis University, and also holds a Masters Degree from the University of Maryland in the field of Psychology. Along with his service to Beth El, Rabbi Schwartz is active community leader, sitting on the Boards of Directors of The Associated, The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, The Baltimore Jewish Council where he serves as an officer, and The Johns Hopkins Homewood Institutional Review Board as a community member at large. Rabbi Schwartz also is a past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, and an emeritus trustee of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. Rabbi Schwartz has proudly continued on the path of his predecessors Rabbi Mark Loeb and Rabbi Jacob Agus, and is committed to building a progressive, open, and pluralistic Jewish community where all are welcome. A lifelong “Deadhead,” Rabbi Schwartz also brews his own beer when not jamming to the Grateful Dead’s music. He lives in Owings Mills, Maryland. His children Talia, Joshua, and Merav reside in New York City.
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