Last week the world lost a towering leader, the Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz. Rabbi Schwartz, zt”l, was the rabbi of the Young Israel of Boro Park for 18 years, and he previously held pulpits in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He served as Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America since 1991. He also served as the Rosh Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Rabbi Schwartz was a world expert in Jewish law, whose halachic erudition was matched by his deep compassion for the vulnerable and his love for all Jews.
We encourage our readership to learn more about Rabbi Schwartz, zt”l, by reading the hesped (eulogy) posted on Tradition Online, delivered by Rabbi Yona Reiss, Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America and Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.
In addition, the Beth Din of America is the co-sponsor of an online shloshim commemoration to be held on January 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST. Information for the shloshim appears below.