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Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
301-881-6550 ext. 560
Now in his twenty-eighth year at B’nai Israel, Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer has clearly communicated the ideals of Judaism through word and deed. Under his leadership, B’nai Israel has dramatically expanded both its programmatic scope and physical facility and yet retained its warm and friendly style.
Rabbi Schnitzer received a B.A. degree from Columbia College and then studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s Degree and was ordained in 1974. In 2001, the Seminary awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Rabbi Schnitzer has been very active on the local and national Jewish scene. He is a past Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America and a past president of the Washington Board of Rabbis. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Social Service Agency and has served on the Boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.
Earlier in his career while at B’nai Abraham Synagogue in Easton, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Schnitzer taught in the Department of Religion at Lafayette College and served as President of ProJeCt of Easton (an anti-poverty interfaith social service agency) and Family Counseling Services of Northampton County.
A voracious reader, avid traveller and biking enthusiast, Rabbi Schnitzer also has a special passion for Israel. He and his wife, Beverly were among recipients of the Israel 67 award from Israel Bonds in early 2015.
Rabbi Schnitzer and his wife, Beverly, a long-time teacher and community volunteer, are the parents of two children, Dr. Shira Schnitzer who works in the realm of academic fundraising in London and David Schnitzer, an attorney in Washington.
Click here for a list of sermons given by Rabbi Schnitzer.