As part of JRF's ongoing Sustainable Synagogue Initiative, these sessions will focus on Jewish values and successful greening of synagogue life. Special focus on texts and traditions on religious and ecological consciousness and sustainable practices in ritual, programming and policy aspects of Jewish communal life, using alternative energies, and emerging best practices.
Fred Scherlinder Dobb has been the Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation since graduating from the RRC in 1997; in that time the synagogue has built an "EPA Energy Star Award" permanent home, doubled in membership, and maintained its creative and communal edge. Fred has also been the long-time Reconstructionist representative in the leadership of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and recently received his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on greening congregations. A past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, Fred is Moment Magazine's Reconstructionist "ask the" rabbi, and chair of Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light, among other interfaith and communal roles.
Sybil Sanchez is the director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), where she focuses on Jewish environmental sustainability, presenting a Jewish voice on environmental policy, and providing resources for environmentalism and Jewish life. An advocate for years on social-justice issues - including the environment, workers' rights, and universal human rights - Sybil has served as executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee and as director of United Nations Affairs at B'nai B'rith International. Sybil completed her master's degree in international affairs at Columbia University. She has at times been fluent in Hebrew, French and Serbo-Croatian, and currently aspires to learn Spanish to communicate with her extended Mexican family and share in the preservation of her husband's crypto-Jewish Latino heritage.