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Our Clergy

Fred Dobb, D.Min


Honored to serve Adat Shalom since 1995, Fred is father of two, husband, avid environmentalist, devoted to tikkun olam and this community, with whose wonderful folks he’s celebrated countless milestones, shabbatot and festivals.  He’s brought progressive Israeli shlichim, green initiatives, Reconstructionist and traditional Torah, and much more.  Past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and Chair of Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), he’s now chair of COEJL, on the boards of NRPE and national IPL, and excited for Adat Shalom’s future. See Rabbi Fred’s fuller bio here.

Rachel Anne Hersh

Rabbi Hazzan

Rabbi Hazzan Rachel was first drawn to Reconstructionist Judaism’s intellectual honesty and creative approach to contemporary spiritual life as a young adult.  During her long tenure at Adat Shalom, her training has taken her from enthusiastic volunteer to invested hazzan to ordained rabbi.  She delights in leading and serving a community that reveres Jewish tradition and also pursues new frontiers in shared spiritual life and learning for all ages. See Rabbi Hazzan Rachel’s fuller bio here.

Sid Schwarz

Founding Rabbi of Adat Shalom

Rabbi Sid was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 1980 and he earned his Ph.D. in Jewish history a year later at Temple University. 

In the fall of 1987, with the support of the national Reconstructionist movement, Rabbi Sid led outreach High Holyday services, believing that there was a market for a progressive yet deeply spiritual approach to worship. Out of that experience, 19 families helped to form Adat Shalom with Rabbi Sid serving as the rabbi for the first eight years of the congregation’s growth. He continues to lead services and teach as Adat Shalom’s Founding Rabbi.

Rabbi Sid is a senior fellow at Hazon where he currently 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 new models of Jewish identity and community across the country.

Rabbi Sid is married to Sandy Perlstein and they have three children, Danny, married to Jamie Geller, Joel, and Jennifer.

For Rabbi Sid’s fuller bio click here.

To access Rabbi Sid’s High Holyday sermons, click here.