Rabbi Ilan Schwartz is the new executive director of Emory Hillel.
“With the assistance of Hillel International we conducted a nationwide search and had several excellent candidates apply for the position,” explained Hillels of Georgia CEO Elliot Karp. “Rabbi Schwartz impressed our two search committee panels with his passion, commitment, experience, convictions and creativity.
“Both our Hillel student leadership and board members found Rabbi Schwartz to be committed to student engagement and empowerment as well as being dedicated to building a warm, welcoming, safe, diverse and inclusive Jewish community on campus.”
Karp added that Schwartz “brings to Emory Hillel and Hillels of Georgia a great deal of Hillel experience and expertise as well as his personal passion and commitment to developing vibrant and dynamic Jewish life on campus for our Jewish students and the greater Emory community.”
He comes to Emory Hillel having served Hillel at The Ohio State University since 2015 when he joined their staff as senior Jewish educator. He was promoted to assistant director of OSU Hillel in 2018. Schwartz was responsible for programs and initiatives advancing Hillel’s mission and vision, serving the more than 2,700 Jewish students on campus. He has a wealth of experience ranging from programming, leadership development, Jewish education and staff supervision and coaching to advocacy on behalf of Israel, combating antisemitism as well as fundraising and development experience, Hillels of Georgia reported.
Schwartz grew up in Rockland County, N.Y. He attended college at both Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he earned a bachelor’s in Talmud. The rabbi attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University and was ordained as a Conservative rabbi in 2015. Following his ordination, he committed to serve Hillel and Jewish college students as his career.
Schwartz and his wife, Rebecca, have five sons.