Richard H. Schwartz

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Richard H. Schwartz (born April 10, 1934) is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the College of Staten Island, and President of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), best known as a Jewish vegetarian activist and advocate for animal rights.


  • One respectful question will be addressed to Jews who plan to continue to eat meat: In view of strong Jewish mandates to be compassionate to animals, preserve our health, help feed the hungry, preserve and protect the environment, conserve resources, and seek and pursue peace, and the very negative effects animal-centered diets have in each of these areas, will you now become a vegetarian, or at least sharply reduce your consumption of animal products?
    • Judaism and Vegetarianism (revised edition, New York: Lantern Books, 2001), pp. 181-182.

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