Aug 8, 2007
Rabbi Schwartz was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College and was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Following this ordination, Rabbi Schwartz received a fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Rabbinic Research of Yeshiva University, the first kollel at Yeshiva University, as well as an honorary doctrine from Yeshiva University.
He is a past president of the Mizrachi of Rhode Island, past president of the Philadelphia Region of the Rabbinical Council of America and coordinator of its Beth Din. Before coming to Chicago, Rabbi Schwartz was the rabbi of the Young Israel of Boro Park for eighteen and a half years, and previously held pulpits in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since 1952, he has been a member of the Rabbinical Council of America. In 1987, Rabbi Schwartz came to Chicago as the newly elected Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. At the National Convention of the Rabbinical Council of America in June, 1991, Rabbi Schwartz was appointed as the Rosh Beth Din, the Chief Presiding Judge, of the National Beth Din of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Rabbi Schwartz has published two sefarim entitled Migdanos Eliezer and Divrei Regesh. These sefarim have haskamos from Harav Dovid Lipshitz and Rav Aharon Kotler. A third sefer is presently being published called Shaarei Gedulah which contains Shaailos and Teshuvos of the Rav, a historical perspective of the Orthodox American Scene dating from 1850-present, as well as an extended biography. Rabbi Schwartz received an award at the 2007 RCA Convention for his many years as being publisher of Hadarom
On October 28, 2007, there will be a national dinner in honor of the twentieth anniversary of Rav Schwartz's presence in Chicago.