Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is currently a senior fellow at Hazon. He is the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., where he continues to teach and lead services. Rabbi Sid is the author of three groundbreaking books — Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000); Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006); and Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013). Rabbi Sid created and 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.


Me & Jewish Supremacy

The idea of chosenness is a barrier to a world in which every human being is seen as made in the image of God, worthy of respect and honor.

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Jews with a Mission

As the participants in Adat Shalom’s service mission in Haiti engage in the practice of literally loving their neighbors as themselves, they feel deeply connected to the people with whom they work, to all of humanity and to the mystery of being.

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Judaism and Justice

Faith communities, when they work, are places that get people to focus on ethical values that encourage greater kindness and generosity, one for the other.

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Rabbis Jacob Staub (reading Torah), Linda Holtzman, Kevin Hale, Reena Spicehandler

Rabbi as Spiritual Leader

What is the role of a rabbi in Reconstructionist congregational life? Rabbi Sid Schwarz argues for a unique role in shaping the congregational culture. (Originally

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Some Call It God

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