Following ordination in 2000, Rabbi Widzer served as an Assistant and Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom of Newton, Mass., for six years. He was the spiritual leader of Temple Etz Chaim in Franklin, Mass., from 2006 to 2012. His focus on youth work and social action in both congregations reflects a long history of involvement with the Reform Jewish youth movement and his passion for tikkun olam.
In 2004, Rabbi Widzer was among 19 rabbis selected to participate in an innovative continuing rabbinic education program focusing on non-profit organizational management and spiritual leadership. At the conclusion of the program he was honored as one of only six recipients who each received a $10,000 follow-up innovation grant for a congregational social action project.
While pursuing his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and Jerusalem, he was the rabbinic intern for the Commission on Social Action. He was also the founding director of the Heller Social Action Program, mentoring 15 teens from the URJ Kutz Camp summer session in a year-long series of social action activities.
Rabbi Widzer graduated magna cum laude from Brown University where he received an A.B. in Judaic Studies and in Ethics and Political Philosophy.
He is married to Karen Loewy, a senior staff attorney with Lambda Legal, and they have two children, Judah and Elisheva.
For Rabbi Widzer’s Rosh HaShannah Morning 5779 sermon, “Seeing Things Differently,” click here.
For Rabbi Widzer’s Erev Rosh HaShannah 5779 sermon, “Truth and Our Truest Selves,” click here.
For Rabbi Widzer’s Kol Nidrei 5779 sermon, “The Challenge of Doing Hard Things,” click here
For Rabbi Widzer’s Haftarah drash on Yom Kippur morning 5778, “Isaiah Says, ‘Vote!’” click here
For Rabbi Widzer’s remarks at Yizkor 5778, “For We Are Still Here,” click here
For Rabbi Widzer’s Erev Rosh HaShannah 5778 sermon, “Helping – A Story for the New Year,” click here.
For Rabbi Widzer’s Rosh HaShannah morning 5778 sermon, “Change: Crossing the River Together,” click here.
For Rabbi Widzer’s Kol Nidrei 5778 sermon, “Words, Words, Words,” click here
For Rabbi Widzer’s Haftarah drash on Yom Kippur morning 5778, “Repairing the World,” click here
For Rabbi Widzer’s remarks at Yizkor 5778, “Filling the Farmhouse,” click here