Shabbat Voices

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Adat Shalom’s Shabbat Voices is an exciting new program that is being piloted during the 2022-23 program year. On six shabbatot, scheduled monthly from December 2022-May 2023, we will host a guest teacher, artist or activist who will be featured, both during shabbat morning worship time as well as during a post-oneg session from 1-2:30pm. The program will be launched with the annual, Allan Schwarz Music Shabbaton, scheduled for Nov. 18-19, 2022. Our guest artist this year will be Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, the dynamic and soulful Director of Tefillah and Music at the Hadar Institute in New York and at the Rising Song Institute in Philadelphia.

The Adat Shalom Shabbat Voices program is, in many ways, a realization of a core concept of Reconstructionist Judaism. Mordecai Kaplan talked about the richness of Jewish civilization. Worship was only one facet of that civilization. The Shabbat Voices program will highlight the talent of our guests and will provide new ways to experience and engage with other elements of Jewish culture, learning and spirituality.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Adat Shalom’s Founding Rabbi, has designed the Shabbat Voices program and identified extraordinary individuals who will be our guests. We encourage Adat Shalom members to invite friends and colleagues, both Jews and non-Jews, to join us for the Shabbat Voices program. Services will begin at 9:30am; our guests will be introduced at 10:45am.

2022-23 Shabbat Voices Schedule

December 17, 2022
Diana Aviv, founding CEO of The Partnership for American Democracy; former CEO of Independent Sector and Feeding America.
Topic: Building a ‘Virtuous Citizenship’ for America

January 14, 2023
Reverb is an award-winning, DC-based a cappella vocal group which sings Black historical and Gospel classics as well as pop and soul hits. They will share songs of the struggle for racial justice in America to help us celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 11, 2023
Ira Forman, former Presidential (Barack Obama) Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
Topic: The Resurgence of Worldwide Antisemitism: What Can be Done?

March 11, 2023
Rabbi Shira Stutman, founding rabbi at 6th and I Historic Synagogue, now teaching nationally and co-hosting the podcast Chutzpod with actor, Josh Malina.
Topic: Beyond Welcoming: Why America Might Be Ready for Judaism

April 15, 2023
Dr. Derek Goldman, Professor of Theater at Georgetown University and co-author of the one-man show about Jan Karski, the Polish diplomat who was the first to inform the west of Hitler’s death camps which will be appearing Off-Broadway in New York with the film version airing on PBS in the spring of 2023.
Topic: Bearing Witness: The Legacy of Jan Karski Today

May 20, 2023
Rabbi Bec Richman, Bec (she/her) is a mama, soferet (scribe), Hebrew calligrapher, and potter who serves on the faculty of the Jewish Studio Project. She is building a Jewish community art studio in Cleveland and her artwork can be found at
Topic: Art as a Tool to Navigate the Wilderness”

Contact: Rabbi Sid Schwarz