Rabbi Michael Swarttz

Has been known to break out his stand-up comedy routine at faculty talent shows.

Rabbi Michael Swarttz has been the Jewish Chaplain at Andover since 2008. In addition to his chaplaincy responsibilities, he serves as an admissions interviewer and reader, an EBI instructor, a member of the E&I committee, and as a member of the Community Engagement Advisory Board.

Rabbi Swarttz was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received his Bachelors in Middle Eastern History and Masters in Education from Temple University. He has worked in formal and informal educational settings with Jewish youth since his freshman year in college, and has written numerous articles on the rabbinate and Jewish education.

From 2001-2003 Rabbi Swarttz and his family spent two years in Jerusalem, where he was on the Jerusalem Fellows, a fellowship program for leaders in Jewish education from around the world. He is currently the rabbi of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Westborough, and is the co-founder of the Worcester Black-Jewish Alliance, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and the Worcester NAACP.

He tries in his professional and personal lives to do his part for Tikkun Olam, to help repair our broken world. When he is not working, he enjoys exercising and watching and listening to comedians and studying their material, delivery, and especially timing. Because as someone once said, "Timing is everything, in life and in comedy."

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