Rabbi Daniel Swartz

Rabbi Daniel Swartz is the spiritual leader of Temple Hesed, Scranton’s first Jewish congregation, where he is in his 10th year.  Prior to coming to Northeastern PA, he served in a number of social justice positions, including Rabbi Daniel Swartzwith the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, one of the leading faith-based advocacy groups on issues ranging from LGBT equality to fighting poverty.  He has been a strong ally for the LGBT community in NEPA, advocating with elected officials, writing op-eds and speaking throughout Lackawanna County, and performing some of the first same-sex weddings in our region.  He was awarded the Rainbow Award by GayNEPA in 2012, and he serves as a faith leader for Equality PA.  His journey to becoming a clergy advocate for LGBT equality started somewhat by accident, however, as you will hear in his story.