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Adult Forum with Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb


May 24
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please join us for this Sunday’s Adult Forum with our guest, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, the leader of Bethesda’s seriously dynamic progressive Adat Shalom community and a committed practitioner of tikkun olam, Jewish-inspired efforts to repair the world. He’ll speak on “Living a Responsible, Just, Green Life,” exploring connections between sustainable living, justice, and COVID-19 across generations, and guiding us in a discussion of how St. John’s can think globally and act locally to make an even bigger difference in the world.

Rabbi Dobb has served Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation since his 1997 ordination from Philadelphia’s Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is proud to serve that Jewish-anchored EPA Energy Star Congregation, which organized early around marriage equality and LGBTQ inclusion, stands with those upholding America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants, and offers spiritual strength to those working toward justice and sustainability in our nation and world. He currently serves as Chair of the National Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and is on the boards of both the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and Interfaith Power and Light (The Regeneration Project). Fred has also been deeply engaged in efforts involving social and racial justice (including Jews United for Justice), multi-faith relations (a past board member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington), and Israeli-progressive ideals (J Street and more). He writes and teaches widely on eco-Judaism.

Fred lives in Washington, DC with his wife Minna Scherlinder Morse and their two glorious children, where he enjoys playing and talking with his kids, bicycling, hiking, low-carbon travel, and having fun with good people while doing tikkun olam.

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