Olivia Schwartz, co director of The Chai Center is multi talented with a deep cultural background. She was the child of the 60’s growing up in a small town in northern California, graduating from San Jose state and gaining a masters in education. Olivia comes from a Reform Jewish background and was confirmed at Temple Israel of Lawrence, NY. After having taught Montessori school in the Santa Cruz Mountains, she went to India and Nepal and lived in various ashrams for 3 years. She left India and continued her quest in Israel where she discovered her validity and identity. She is a much sought after speaker on women’s issues and spirituality nation wide. Olivia is known for successfully teaching diverse groups who have been studying for years, and helping the mildly curious to discover depth and meaning in Judaism.