Julie Schwartz (rabbi)

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Julie Schwartz
Position Rabbi
Organisation B'nai Israel
Began 1999
Personal details
Born Cincinnati
Nationality American
This article is about the American rabbi. For the comic book author, see Julius Schwartz.

Julie Schwartz is an American rabbi.[1] She was born in Cincinnati, and in 1986 she became the first woman to serve as an active-duty Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Navy, the very same year she was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.[2][2][3] She counseled patients at the naval hospital in Oakland, CA, and after a three-year tour of duty she returned to Cincinnati and held assorted jobs at HUC-JIR.[2]

Eventually she became the third rabbi to be certified as a Clinical Pastoral Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Educators, after which she founded HUC-JIR’s course of study in pastoral counseling for rabbinical students.[4][4]

In 1999 she became the first rabbi of B'nai Israel, the south side's first Jewish congregation in Fayette County, Georgia; they had previously been served by rabbinical students.[2]

In 2011 she returned to HUC-JIR to head the pastoral care and counseling program she founded.[5]