Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

What people call you: Rabbi Fred

Pronouns: he/him

Congregation: Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Location: DC, Maryland

Denomination: Reconstructionist

Ordained from: Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Phone Number: 301-767-3333 (ext. 113)

Website: adatshalom.net

Email: rabbifred@adatshalom.net

What do you love most about your work?
Connections.  Connecting people with each other and with larger communities; connecting timeless Torah to today’s timely realities; connecting what the world needs, with what feeds our souls.

How is Judaism valuable in your life?
Judaism offers inspiration, perspective, wisdom, and grounding.  The Jewish people offer support, a sense of belonging, and a home base from which to solidly explore the larger world.  And particular elements of tradition stand out as their own shining contributions — like Mussar (ethics-meets-spirituality-meets-psychology); Shabbat and Shmita (periods of rest that renew us, while aiding others and the planet); and much more.

Why did you decide to become a rabbi or clergy member?
Loved Judaism, while wanting to contribute to its ongoing evolution.  Loved people, while wanting to help goad and guide others (and myself!) toward being more spiritual and moral beings.  Loved community, and wanted my contributions to center around building up a sense of beloning.  And all that is still just as true, decades after the decision…

What services do you offer? Weddings/Other Lifecycle Events, LGBTQIA Counseling, Conversions, Holiday Services, Young Family Opportunities, Group Learning, 1:1 Learning Opportunities, Shabbat Services, Interfaith Marriage, Jewish Connections for Activists