In this conversation with Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny, Rabbi Adam Greenwald talks about life as non-pulpit clergy in Los Angeles, reflecting on this past year’s journey in spirituality, parenting, and leading a global introduction to Judaism network. He reflects on the dearth of spontaneity in this environment, and the ache that we all have to be missed when we’re not present. We wonder together: what does it even mean to pray these days without the true presence of community to surround you?
Rabbi Adam Greenwald is Vice President for Jewish Engagement at American Jewish University, where he oversees the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys and the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. He also serves as a Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Rabbi Greenwald is the editor of On One Foot an introduction to Judaism textbook in wide use across the United States. In 2016, he received the Covenant Foundation's Pomegranate Prize in Jewish Education. Rabbi Greenwald is married to Anne Hromadka, a curator and arts educator, and they are the proud parents of Gracie.