Sid keynoted our most recent national convention of Ohala and his insights were transformative and game changing. Sid has a grasp of the larger picture, an ability to analyze the bigger trends afoot and simultaneously offer sound practical wisdom, tools and practices to radically reinvigorate and refocus an organization. He’s a master at helping identify an issue and adept at offering solutions.
Rabbi David Ingber
Founder and Spiritual Director, Romemu, Manahattan, NY
Rabbi Sid’s visit to our community was nothing short of transformational. From his out-of-the-box service leading, he opened up the congregation to new, meaningful forms of prayer. And, six months after the board retreat Sid planned and facilitated, we are still operationalizing the strategic goals that were seeded there. Sid’s Scholar-in-Residence visit was a true milestone for our community.
Rabbi David Fainsilber
Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, Stowe, VT
If you want to reinvigorate your community and reimagine the way in which you think about the work of synagogues, bring Rabbi Sid to your kehillah. Our congregation was moved, inspired and forever changed by his visit. Reb Sid brought us practical, actionable and proven strategies to help us imagine the next era and iteration of our community.
Rabbi Carnie Rose
B’nai Amoona Congregation, St. Louis, MO
Sid was quite the inspirational Scholar in Residence for Temple Sinai in Las Vegas. In addition to a strategic planning workshop for our board, he offered a huge variety of presentations, including a brilliant overview of the American synagogue landscape, a gorgeously creative prayer experience and a moving story of his congregation’s partnership with a Christian school in Haiti.
Rabbi Malcolm Cohen
Kol Ami, Tucson, AZ
Rabbi Sid challenged us to engage in a different kind of Shabbat morning experience. At first, I was anxious about how, my otherwise traditional congregation, would respond to Sid’s radical re-framing of one of our community’s “sacred cows.” Instead, what I learned from Sid’s leadership, is that my congregants have a hunger and openness toward new ideas. I am so grateful to our teacher, Reb Sid, for opening the door for what have been many subsequent innovations in ritual in our community.
Rabbi Daniel Dorsch
Congregation Etz Chaim, Marietta, GA
Rabbi Sid led a transformational scholar in residence weekend that impacted different parts of our community in unique ways. He led an innovative, out of the box, Shabbat service that offered an alternative to our normal worship that opened up new possibilities for our congregants. Sid also led a very effective training for our board of trustees focusing on the challenges and opportunities that we face as Jewish spiritual communities in the 21st century.
Rabbi David Baum
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Boca Raton, FL
Over the last few years Rabbi Sid has made several presentations at the Everett Jewish Life Center at the Chautauqua Institute. His talks are always greeted with a full house and an overwhelming, positive response. His topics generate enthusiastic response and dialogue.
Richard Spivak, Board Chair, Everett Jewish Life Center