Faculty & Staff

Charlie Schwartz
Visiting Scholar

A headshot of Charlie Schwartz, framed by tree branchesRabbi Charlie Schwartz serves as the director of content development for Hillel International's Center for Jewish and Israel Education, where he helps create and guide the Jewish learning agenda for Hillel professionals around the world. Prior to Hillel, he was the senior Jewish educator at Brandeis University's Office of Precollege Programs, where he directed the BIMA and Genesis programs, led the Brandeis Design Lab, and worked with the campus community as an associate chaplain.

Charlie was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow and was named to the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" as a leader helping to reshape the Jewish community. A nationally recognized educator, his work has been featured in diverse media outlets including The JTS Torah Commentary Series, The Atlantic, Le Monde and Teen Vogue.

He is the founding co-director of Not-a-Box Media Lab, creator of the popular PocketTorah and AlephBet apps, and served with distinction as an infantry squad commander in the Israel Defense Forces.

Charlie lives in Cambridge with his family where he is a rabbinic advisor for The Cambridge Minyan and plays sousaphone in The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band.

At the Mandel Center, he will be working on developing standards for Jewish knowledge, competence and confidence for Jewish educational professionals working on college campuses.