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RABBI SID SCHWARZ CANTOR MEREDITH GREENBERG Marbeh Shalom Community Service Award Alumna of the Year Award R abbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon, a national organization based in New York. Rabbi Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years; its work centered on integrating Jewish learning, Jewish values and social responsibility. 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). Rabbi Sid 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 Yitz Greenberg, founder of Clal and one of American Jewry’s most notable leaders, has written about Sid: “Rabbi Sid Schwarz’ life and career embody a unique mix of religious vision and an ability to implement that vision in the real world.” 2 AJR 2020 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 most recent book is Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013). We at AJR are very proud to be able to honor Rabbi Sid Schwarz with the Marbeh Shalom Community Service Award. He has been a major influence on so many of our students and alumni through his many inter-seminary retreats and programs. His work has helped our students sharpen their visions and missions and find their place in serving the American Jewish community. In gratitude for his deep devotion to the Jewish community and to clergy education, it is a privilege to honor him this evening. M eredith Greenberg has been the Cantor of Temple Ner Tamid in Montclair, New Jersey since July 2008. She was ordained in May 2009 by the Academy for Jewish Religion. Meredith grew up in Hollywood, Florida and attended her senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed professionally as a soprano soloist in both Jewish and secular musical genres and venues, taught theory and general music in New York City schools, and for a few years even co-owned a catering and opera company called Divas’ Delite Inc. with her spouse, Leora Perlman. As a spiritual leader at Temple Ner Tamid, Meredith seeks Lahavot Eish, ‘to spark the fire’ within each person, by creating meaningful davening experiences through music and prayer, encouraging her congregants to open their hearts through contemplative practice, study, and connection to one another. Of primary concern to Cantor Meredith is that she be involved in as many aspects of Synagogue life as possible. You can find her leading the Shoresh Preschool community in Shabbat prayer, song, and celebration, teaching adult education of all levels, leading monthly Rosh Chodesh gatherings, and preparing the Synagogue’s children as they become Bar/ Bat Mitzvah. You can find Cantor Meredith leading Sunday morning tefillah and song for the entire Synagogue community, leading the TNT Choir during High Holiday worship and throughout the entire year. You can find Cantor Meredith on the bimah leading services and inspiring her community with her energetic, soulful, and enthusiastic approach to prayer, comforting mourners and other members in the congregation in need, and celebrating life’s smahot with the entire Temple Ner Tamid Family. Cantor Greenberg lives in Montclair with her wife Leora, their three sons, and their family treasure, their dog. You can also find Cantor Meredith always ready to support the Academy for Jewish Religion. Lending her voice to ordination’s yearly musical offerings, engaging AJR students as she teaches about the rhythms of life through drumming, as well as inspiring us with her energetic, soulful, and enthusiastic approach to prayer. And… helping to support AJR through performing in recital… For all this and more, The Association of Rabbi and Cantors is very honored to celebrate Cantor Meredith Greenberg as the 2020 Alumna of the Year. AJR 2020 3