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Scholar to discuss 21st-century Judaism at Morristown synagogue
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Scholar to discuss 21st-century Judaism at Morristown synagogue

Rabbi Sid Schwarz
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

EDUCATOR AND SPIRITUAL leader Rabbi Sid Schwarz, founder and, for the past 21 years, leader of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, will be Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael’s scholar-in-residence Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9. The weekend’s focus will be Commentary and Conversation on Judaism in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.

On Friday, at 7 p.m., Schwarz, named by “Newsweek” as one of America’s 50 most influential rabbis, will offer “Jewish Megatrends Charting the Course of the American-Jewish Future,” offering a formula that can lead to a Jewish renaissance. Shabbat services will follow at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday morning services will begin at 9:30, followed at 10:30 by Schwarz’s signature presentation, Davening Out of the Box, presenting discussion, song, and movement designed to offer participants of all ages a new appreciation for the Shabbat liturgy and the transformative power of prayer. 

At 1 p.m., he will lead a study of rabbinic sources on fixed liturgy vs. spiritually spontaneous prayer and facilitate a discussion on the morning davening experience.

The public is invited to attend the lectures and services free of charge. However, there is a charge for the Friday evening Shabbat dinner and a Benefactors’ and Patrons’ reception Saturday evening, at which Schwarz will discuss Israel: Between Conscience and Solidarity. 

Contact Peppi Glass at 973-538-7960 or peppiglass@aol.com or visit mjcby.org.

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