Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Pronouns: he/him

What do people call me? Rabbi Fred

Congregation: Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Denomination: Reconstructionist

Where was I ordained? Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Where am I located? DC, Maryland

What do I love most about my 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 my 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 I decide to become a rabbi? 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 I 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

For more information, visit Adat Shalom’s website or email me!