Scholar in Residence Program

January 24, 2020 Marietta $25.00

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Sid Schwarz

See flyer to learn more about Rabbi Schwarz, and to find out the times and cost (if any) for these experiences. Make sure to register!

Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Friday night)

The American Jewish community is riddled with doubts about the viability of the institutions that well served the Jewish community of the 20th century. Synagogues, federations and Jewish membership organizations have yet to figure out how to meet the changing interests and needs of the next generation . This talk, based on Rabbi Sid’s book of the same name, will look at the social norms that are shaping the habits and lifestyles of young American Jews and suggest four guiding principles that can actually lead to a renaissance in Jewish life .

Davening Out of the Box (Saturday morning)

You should attend this prayer experience if: a) you are often bored at services; b) you have no idea why anyone would willingly attend a worship service: c) you are a deeply spiritual person but services don’t always work for you; d) you want to go where prayerful Jews have never gone before.. Through discussions, song, movement and sharing, participants, from young to old, will walk away with a new appreciation for the Shabbat liturgy and the transformative power of prayer. This experience will not include a Torah service. Important note: If you want to participate in this experience, you must be in your seat by 10:30 a.m. While people may leave whenever they choose, it will be impossible to appreciate or understand the experience if you are not there at the beginning. Participants are encouraged to attend both experiences.


What is Prayer? Talk back and text study (Saturday lunch)

This will be a chance to reflect on the morning’s prayer experience with Rabbi Sid through the prism of classical rabbinic texts on prayer. It will challenge your assumptions about what forms of worship are closer to the intentions of the rabbinic tradition .


The new Face of America Jewish Life (Sunday morning)

In a pioneering new national project called Kenissa (entrance-way): Communities of Meaning Network , Rabbi Sid is uncovering an array of organizations across North America who are literally re-inventing conceptions of Jewish identity and Jewish life. Many of these organizations are operating under the radar screen of the organized Jewish community , yet they are attracting the next generation of American Jews who are, for the most part, bypassing the legacy institutions of the organized Jewish community . Come hear more about what makes this project tick.


This program is supported by the generosity of the Joyce and Ramie Tritt Family Foundation.




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Friday, January 24, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

From Sunday, January 26, 2020 am31 10:00 am
Until Wednesday, December 31, 1969 pm31 7:00 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim
1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, NE
Marietta, GA 30068
$25.00 per person for Friday night dinner

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