(TRENTON) – Rabbi Alexander “Avi” Schnall received the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin on Tuesday to become a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. Schnall will represent the 30th Legislative District in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Schnall is an ordained rabbi who spent a decade serving as the Director of New Jersey Agudath Israel of America, which describes itself as ‘Orthodox Jewry’s umbrella organization.” He also previously served as the National Director of Oorah’s Chill Zone, which offers Jewish programming for kids and teens.
“The incoming group of Assembly members brings together talented individuals with many different experiences and areas of expertise,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Avi’s time in state government, combined with his background as a rabbi, gives him a unique perspective that will benefit the state of New Jersey in the upcoming legislative session.”
In 2020, Schnall was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the Social Services and Faith Committee of the Restart and Recovery Advisory Council. He is also the Chairman of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Non-Public School Committee.
“This is the first time in a decade that the 30th district is being represented by the majority party and I am excited to get to work on behalf of my constituents,” said Assemblyman Schnall (D-Monmouth, Ocean).
Schnall earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and his Master’s degree from Beth Medrash Govoha.
He lives in Lakewood with his wife and three children.