Rabbi Barry L Schwartz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1985 and served previous pulpits in Amherst, New York, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his career in Israel, as rabbi of the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. Besides serving Congregation Adas Emuno, Rabbi Barry Schwartz is the director of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia, the nation's oldest and best known Jewish publisher.
Rabbi Schwartz is actively involved in Jewish environmentalism. He was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Shomrei Adamah, the first national Jewish environmental organization. He serves on the grassroots advisory committee of COEJL, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and helps lead the Environment Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Rabbi Schwartz is a prolific writer, the author of four books, a prize winning short story, and articles that have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, American Jewish History, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. His latest textbook, Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values, (1996) is currently used in over 300 religious schools nationwide. A previous text Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study (1991) explores Jewish denominational thinking. Honi The Circlemaker – Eco-Fables From Ancient Israel (1993) is a series of folktales for children. Rabbi Schwartz recently authored Judaism's Great Debates, which was published in both adult and youth editions.
Rabbi Schwartz enjoys hiking, cycling and photography. He is an avid tennis and table tennis player. He is married to Deborah A. Schwartz, an occupational therapist specializing in hand rehabilitation. Their three children are Nadav, Talia, and Noam.
Cantor Sandy Horowitz brings to Congregation Adas Emuno a passion for both music and Jewish education. She was raised in a secular Jewish foreign service family and lived abroad during most of her childhood.
After receiving her BA in English Literature/Composition from Colgate University, Cantor Horowitz moved to New York City and began formal voice training, while working in publishing and then as a computer systems project manager. She is also a NY State licensed massage therapist. Meanwhile, she began exploring her Jewish roots – and immediately found a connection through music. She served as a cantorial lay leader, became a b’nei mitzvah tutor, and was a founding member of the Hebrew School of Beth Am the Peoples Temple and Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, where she was actively involved in curriculum development and policy planning.
She eventually enrolled at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and was ordained in May 2014, along with receiving a Masters in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. During this time she twice received the Rabbi Timoner Award for her musical compositions. She served as cantorial intern at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson – and was a religious school teacher there for several years – and as the Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing NY. As a classically trained singer and lover of classic rock and folk music, Cantor Horowitz is equally comfortable with the great masters of Jewish hazzanut and contemporary participatory repertoire.
Cantor Horowitz is married to Marty Morell, an international development specialist and avid musicologist; their daughter Sara currently attends Swarthmore College.