iOS app Android app

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
GET UPDATES FROM Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Fred Scherlinder Dobb has been Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation (, a dynamic green shul) in the Washington DC area since 1997. A long-time Jewish environmental educator and activist, and Coalition on the Environment Jewish Life ( leader, Fred just completed five years as Chairperson of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light ( With a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary (having written on eco-theology and greening congregations), Fred serves as Co-Chair of Religious Witness for the Earth; and is a Past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis. Married to Minna Scherlinder Morse, his chief joys are his children, 9 and 5.

Entries by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Climate Change and Religious Unity: Catholics and Jews, Together, Caring for Creation

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Blessed is the One who enables us, and our spiritual sisters and brothers, to dwell together in unity.

Unity, though often preached by most of the world's religions, has been unevenly practiced over the past two millennia. How true for Catholicism and Judaism, two venerable traditions with a challenging...

Read Post

Passover, Plagues and Rachel Carson: Sustainability at the Seder

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:33 PM

This Monday (April 14), the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's death, we'll celebrate our advances since Silent Spring. We'll also feel the renewed urgency of her prophetic warning: unbridled "progress" may lead, instead, to destruction.

That very same night, Jews and friends gather at the Passover table, re-telling the...

Read Post

A Catholic and a Protestant Leader Should Talk Climate: A Jewish View

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Interfaith dialogue is a sacred art that addresses tough questions, agrees to disagree where needed and highlights commonality where it exists. Two of the world's most powerful men will soon do just this, when Pope Francis and President Obama meet on 3/27.

This interested Jewish onlooker prays that they'll...

Read Post

Sukkot, Interdependence, Deuteronomy and Elizabeth Warren

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Though the now-unfolding Festival of Sukkot (aka Tabernacles) is called zman simchateinu or "season of our joy," the first morning of the holiday caught me in a foul mood (getting kids out the door before school can do that to a person). The early worship with its uplifting songs, the...

Read Post

14 By 14: A Biblical Emissions Mandate: 14 (Percent Reduction) By (20)14

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:50 PM

"Eighty by 50" has been a recent refrain in secular environmental circles -- we need an 80 percent reduction in emissions, by 2050, in order to stave off the worst of the scientifically-predicted devastation caused by our changing the climate. To get there requires bold action, now. Some have spoken...

Read Post

Tar Sands and the Jewish Month of Change

(9) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 5:40 PM

As we parted ways in the late 1980s, my high school friends thought to set up a betting pool -- when would Fred first get arrested in some protest? To everyone's surprise, it took until a decade ago, at the dawn of the Bush Administration's tragic inaction on climate change...

Read Post

Protecting Our Land and Water Means Protecting God's Creation

(121) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 7:06 PM

With a tradition thousands of years old, Judaism informs us on taking the long view -- the Divine view, as it were -- since God is concerned even to the thousandth generation in the future (Ex 34:7). So with environmental policy, we consider not only our own immediate interests, but...

Read Post