Influential rabbi to speak in Aptos, Marin

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, one of the nation’s most influential rabbis and the author of “Jewish Megatrends,” will be making several local appearances next week, including serving as scholar-in-residence in Marin from March 28 to 30.

His first talk is Thursday, March 27, at Temple Beth El in Aptos, where he will discuss ways to reimagine the American synagogue and help congregations do a better job of engaging the next generation of Jews.

At Friday night services on March 28 at Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael, he will examine the American Jewish future. Specifically, he will be looking at the social norms that shape the habits of young American Jews and offer his suggestions for a renaissance in Jewish life.

The next day, at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, he will lead a morning “Davening Out of the Box” prayer experience followed by a talk on “Judaism, Justice and Holiness” and then an afternoon text study titled “Prayer and Contemporary Spirituality.”

His scholar-in-residence comes to an end March 30 with a morning program titled “Israel: Between Solidarity and Conscience” at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael.

Schwarz is a senior fellow at Clal: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. In addition, he also serves as director of the Rene Cassin Fellowship Program, a yearlong fellowship on Judaism and human rights. He founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years and also authored “Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue” and “Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World.”

For information about the Beth El appearance, call (831) 479-3444. For information about his Marin appearances, visit