Rabbi Samuel Barth has taught widely in the Jewish community, as a scholar-in-residence at synagogues, and at retreats and conferences. He brings an easy blend of humor, spirituality, and clear thinking that invites all present to reflect more thoroughly on their prayers, their songs, and their synagogues, and to do this with a smile. Questions and discussion are always a part of his presentations, often allowing Rabbi Barth to bring together quite unlikely and diverse teachings in response to a question.
As a member of the original team of Synagogue 2000, Rabbi Barth has been deeply engaged in the design of approaches that will support congregations in transforming their services to more vibrant and engaging offerings. He has worked as a consultant and guide to synagogues within the Conservative Movement and in other denominations.
Rabbi Barth is glad to work with a congregation to construct a program that meets the specific needs of a community. He is happy to share in leading services; spending time with teens, children, and their families; and with other populations within the congregation. He is glad to serve as a consultant to the leadership teams of synagogues and other organizations.
Professional colleagues-rabbis, hazzanim, educators-often turn to Rabbi Barth, inviting him to work with them as a "coach" while they work as leaders within their congregations. This aspect of his work can be done in person or by utilizing Skype, a VoIP service and software application.
A Shabbaton, retreat, or lecture series might be based to include subjects such as: