Rabbi J. Yaacov Schwartz
Rabbi Schwartz is a popular community speaker and Torah teacher in Israel and the US with well over two decades of pulpit rabbinic experience in the USA and now Israel (Congregation Ohav Sholom Upper West Side NYC and Young Israel of Oceanside NY). He is also active as a kiruv rabbi and teacher in the United States and in Israel.
He has been designated as Rabbi for Emerald Gardens/Emerald Heights area of the prestigious Mishkafayim Section of Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph, slated for completion in 2017-18.
Rabbi Schwartz was ordained at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn where he received Smicha from his revered Rebbe and mentor, Rabbi Avrohom Pam zt”l, and served as a Congregational Rabbi in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Oceanside, Long Island.
Rabbi Schwartz holds graduate degrees in Jewish History and Philosophy and from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, a degree in Pastoral Psychology from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in NYC. He served on the Jewish Studies faculty of Yeshiva College and as a member of its Gruss Kollel Elyon.
Rabbi Schwartz is the Founder of Mosdot Kanfey Shemesh, a recognized Amuta in Israel and the USA(501c3), which, in addition to Torah education and outreach, provides expert social services and support for the Jewish community of Ramat Beit Shemesh, including marital and family therapy and financial counselling for families, in conjunction with local major Tz’dakah organizations and Rabbonim.
Since making Aliyah in August 2012, Rabbi Schwartz, his wife, Chani, and children have resided in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel with their family.
Omanut Vdat (SHUVU High School for Girls), Beit Shemesh, Israel 2015-Present
Guidance Counselor (Yoetzet Chinuchit), provide one-on-one counseling for high school age Anglo and Israeli girls, with emphasis on Anglo students. Create and perform inspiring musical events for students and staff .
Kanfey Shemesh Counselling Center Ramat Bet Shemesh: Private counseling for women and teens 2015-present
Haftr and Shalhevet High School for Girls, Long Island NY 2007-2011
Mechanechet/Teacher,Student Counselor and Advisor for high school students
Teacher of limudei kodesh
Young Israel of Oceanside, Long Island NY 2001-2004
Rebbetzin of large Torah-observant community. Torah lectures to women and girls, as well as one-on-one learning and counseling sessions.
CTC Workouts, Far Rockaway and Five Towns NY 1996-2006
Established own business in fitness industry. Designed and taught fitness programs for women. Currently integrates knowledge of fitness and nutrition to assist teenagers with healthy body image and to promote positive self esteem
-Yanar Institute, Jerusalem Israel, Certified Educational Guidance Counselor (Yoetzet Chinuchit) as recognized by Israeli Ministry of Education, 2015. Emphasis on teen counselling.
-CPE certification course in pastoral counselling, North Shore Hospital, 2004
-AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), NY, Certification courses, 1997-1998
-Ohel Chana Teachers Institute, Melbourne Australia
Public speaker, writer, vocalist and songwriter, performing artist, fitness instructor, aquatics instructor. Speaks English and Hebrew