Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz grew up in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of six children and the son of Rosyne and the late Nathan Gardenswartz, owners of a small kosher grocery store called Utica Grocery.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he practiced civil litigation from 1986 to 1993 with the Boston firm of Goultston & Storrs.
In 1993, he entered rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he won the Stephen Henry Shefrin Memorial Prize and the Cyrus Adler Prize, both awarded to the outstanding student in his class. His high holiday sermons have been included in "Living Words II: Best High Holiday Sermons of 5760" and "Living Words III: Best High Holiday Sermons of 5761" published by Sh'ma.
Rabbi Gardenswartz came to Temple Emanuel in 1997, and regularly says the shehecheyanu for the great joy and privilege of being a rabbi. The light of his life is his wife, Shira Goodman and their three children, Nat, Sam and Jordana.