Professional Staff

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is the project director of the Kenissa Network. Rabbi Sid is a rabbi, educator and social entrepreneur who has successfully founded and led several Jewish organizations and national projects. As the founder/president of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years, Rabbi Sid pioneered a methodology that integrated Jewish learning, Jewish values and social responsibility. Using his experience as the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD, he has played a leadership role in the synagogue transformation movement for close to 20 years. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon and he blogs regularly at

Amanda Silver

Amanda Silver is Kenissa’s training director. A consultant, trainer, and executive coach, her unique approach draws on expertise in mindfulness, emotional-intelligence, and strength-based mindsets. Amanda’s clients include higher education institutions, public school districts, social service agencies, advocacy organizations, faith-based institutions and entrepreneurs. Amanda previously served as the Director of the Selah Leadership Program and Network at Bend the Arc.

Dr. Robert Weinberg

Dr. Rob Weinberg oversees the Kenissa Network’s Communities of Practice. As an executive coach, strategic consultant, and meeting facilitator, Rob helps leaders, teams, organizations, and networks to find clarity, chart direction, and navigate change to enhance their effectiveness and fulfillment. His clients include rabbis, congregations, national movement organizations, and innovation projects and networks. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, began his career as a management consultant, spent 16 years as Director of the Experiment in Congregational Education at HUC-JIR and six of those years as Project Manager of HUC’s Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative.

Hadar Cohen

Hadar Cohen oversees Kenissa’s national mapping project. She is a graduate of Mechon Hadar, is a Jewish educator and serves as a staff person for Moishe House retreats. She is also a program associate of At the Well.

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