Julie Schwartz (rabbi)

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Julie Schwartz
Position Rabbi
Organisation B'nai Israel
Began 1999
Personal details
Born Cincinnati
Nationality American

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]