Shuly Rubin Schwartz

Shuly Rubin Schwartz is the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Schwartz has served since 1993 as dean of List College, JTS's undergraduate school. During this time, she has strengthened List College's dual-degree programs with Columbia University and Barnard College and doubled the size of its student body. Dr. Schwartz continues to apply her energy, creativity, and acumen to enhancing the way List College prepares its students and alumni to meet the challenges of leadership in the twenty-first century. Her most recent initiative is the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which trains select List College students to serve as Jewish social entrepreneurs by equipping them to tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change.

Now, serving as dean of The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary as well, Dr. Schwartz hopes to further strengthen academic Jewish studies at JTS while preparing students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to take on leadership roles through careers and volunteer work in both in the Jewish and secular realms.

Dr. Schwartz's book, The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life, won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award in the area of modern Jewish thought. This book tells the fascinating and poignant story of wives who worked in partnership with their rabbinic husbands to strengthen Jewish life in America. Through their counseling, teaching, speaking, writing, and entertaining, these women had a profound impact on their communities and served as role models of female religious leadership for American Jews.

Dr. Schwartz is also the author of The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the "Jewish Encyclopedia" and numerous articles on modern Jewish life, including groundbreaking research into the founding of the Ramah camping movement. She serves on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the academic advisory boards of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah Research Institute on Jewish Women, and the Jewish Women's Archive.

Dr. Schwartz lectures widely on American Jewish life, the Jewish family, and Jewish women's studies. Sample lecture topics include: "Goodbye, Columbus, Hello Christopher: The Evolution of American Jewry"; "Beyond Fiddler: How Jews Became Part of Mainstream America"; "Baskin-Robbins Has 31 Flavors—How About American Judaism?"; and "They Married What They Wanted to Be: Rebbetzins in American Jewish Life."

A third-generation JTS graduate, Dr. Schwartz received her BA from Barnard College and her MA and PhD from JTS.

 

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