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Press Schwartz

Research Fellow

Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She has spent more than 15 years in the field of Jewish secondary and post-secondary education.

Rivka currently serves Associate Principal, General Studies at SAR High School in the Bronx, New York. She earned a Ph.D. in History of Science from Princeton University, writing her dissertation about the cultural history of the Manhattan Project. She lectures widely on issues of contemporary importance in the Orthodox community.

Rivka lives in Washington Heights, New York with her family.

Dec 10, 2023

Exploring how we understand the American Jewish story in light of the complexities of race and class in America.

Rivka Press Schwartz


Jul 15, 2021

Rivka Press Schwartz examines what lies beyond meritocracy for the United States and for American Jews.

Oct 29, 2020

Yuval Levin and Rivka Press Schwartz discuss how we can strengthen American democracy by investing in its institutions.

Oct 28, 2020

Instead of focusing on what divides us, Elana Stein Hain, Avi Helfand and Rivka Press Schwartz address our shared foundational questions.

Apr 24, 2020

The history of private day schools for Jews in America is a story of race and class, of white flight and suburbanization, of dream-hoarding and sorting. 

Nov 26, 2018

Four scholars ask: Are the high birth rates and high tuitions sustainable?

Nov 20, 2017

Rivka Press Schwartz, Yehuda Kurtzer, Rev. Mario Milian, Suhail Khan

Panel featuring Rivka Press Schwarz, Rev. Mario E. Milian, Suhail Khan, moderated by Yehuda Kurtzer

Nov 9, 2017

We as an American Jewish community, and we as a society, haven't invested enough in teaching toward our engagement as citizens of the United States.

Jan 16, 2017

Conference on Jan. 16, 2017 provided a wide diversity of programs and presenters, with a mix of pedagogies, goals, and teaching styles.

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