13 2015

Shabbat Dinner @ Etz Chayim - Reimagining the Synagogue - Rabbi Sid Schwarz

5:15PM - 10:00PM  

Congregation Etz Chayim 123 Matheson Avenue East
Winnipeg, MB

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Rabbi Sid Schwarz - Newsweek calls him “One of America’s Top 50 Influential Rabbis.” Congregations call him “a Godsend!” Rabbi Sid Schwarz will lead a weekend of transformative, highly interactive, thought-provoking talks and an experiential service that will demonstrate the megatrends shuls are embracing to engage and invigorate synagogue life. From Young Families to our Elders, this weekend offers something for everyone - including activities for kids!

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a senior fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership where he directs the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He is also the director of the Rene Cassin Fellowship Program, a year long fellowship on Judaism and human rights for young professionals with hubs in New York, London and Jerusalem. Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services. Dr. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history and is the author of two groundbreaking books--Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006). Sid was awarded the prestigious Covenant Award for his pioneering work in the field of Jewish education and was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in North America. Sid’s newest book is Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013).

Rabbi Schwarz will also be featured at Limmud Winnipeg on Sunday, March 15. Visit for information.

The evening will feature a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 5:15 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM, and Rabbi Schwarz Presentation - The last decade has witnessed much new thinking and innovation around transforming the synagogue. Explore these exciting ideas with one of the leaders in the field.

Activities for Kids!  Shabbat friendly arts and crafts for children ages 4 to 8 led by Morah Nancy Margolis, interactive juggling demonstration with Ezra and Gilon Lazar, plus floor hockey, foosball and more! Babysitting is available for younger children.

Contact Etz Chayim at 204-589-6305 by Monday, March 10 to attend.

$18/Adult, $6/Teen or Child, Free for children under age 4.

Adult Menu: Caesar Salad, Mandarin Orange Salad, Herb Roasted Chicken Pieces, Potatoe Wedges, Green Beans Almondine, Glazed Carrots, Assorted Dainties, Cakes and Cookies, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks

Children’s Menu: Chicken Fingers and Fries, Caesar Salad, Juice, Soft Drinks.