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Musical Shabbat with the JCOGS Band + Dinner Talk with Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Friday, August 19, 2022 22 Av 5782

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

An uplifting musical service with the JCOGS Band to welcome in Shabbat in community, followed by a special oneg dinner, and talk beginning at 7:45 with Rabbi Sid Schwarz.

Re-Imagining the American Synagogue

Like countless others of their generation, many young American Jews have abandoned the religion of their birth to search for a spiritual home in other traditions. Institutional religion has been dismissed by a generation of seekers. Sid’s 2000 book, Finding a Spiritual Home, helped shape the synagogue transformation efforts of the past decade. In this presentation Rabbi Sid will share insights about how to re-think the paradigm of the American synagogue in a way that might help congregations do a better job of engaging the next generation of American Jews.



Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon, a national organization based in New York.

Rabbi Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years; its work centered on integrating Jewish learning, Jewish values and social responsibility. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services. Dr. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history and is the author of two groundbreaking books--Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006).

Rabbi Sid directs the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He also created and directs the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network which is identifying, convening and building the capacity of emerging spiritual communities across the country.

Sid was awarded the prestigious Covenant Award for his pioneering work in the field of Jewish education and was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in North America. Sid's most recent book is Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013).



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