Rabbi Michael Schwab currently serves as Associate Rabbi of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in May, 2004, receiving both his ordination and an MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Education. During his studies at JTS, he completed the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Penn Foundation for Mental Health and served as the Jewish Life Director in the Goldsmith Student Dormitory. Originally from Haddonfield, NJ, his college years were spent at Rutgers University where he majored in History and Jewish Studies. During that time he also worked for United Synagogue Youth (USY) and spent many summers working at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. In addition, Rabbi Schwab was a counselor for USY on Wheels, USY Poland/Israel Pilgrimage and the Nativ Program for college freshman in Israel. Before coming to Beth El, Rabbi Schwab served the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and Temple Beth Sholom of Rosalyn Heights and he spent several years studying in Israel at the Hebrew University’s Melton Senior Educators Program, Machon Schechter, and the Conservative Yeshiva.
"I am extremely proud of the honor's thesis that I completed with Dr. Zerubavel as my advisor and still refer to that work in my current position. It is wonderful that a State University such as Rutgers has such a fine Jewish Studies Department that allows college students to explore Judaism on such a high level."