Rabbi Shaul Praver
Rabbi-Hazzan Shaul Marshall Praver served as spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown Connecticut and became known to millions of people in America when he ascended the stage on Sunday, December 16th, 2012 in the presence of President Obama in Newtown Connecticut to intone the Hebrew memorial prayer, God full of Compassion.
Changed forever by the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, he is committed to transforming Newtown from the town of the tragedy into the bridge to a new and kinder world.
Together with his friends and colleagues, Rabbi Praver stands at the epicenter of the “Newtown effect,” He has effectively advocated before Connecticut and Washington lawmakers for sensible gun laws and mental health services. Rabbi Praver brings a well-reasoned counter-intuitive approach to achieving sensible gun laws and implementing educational programs in violent hot spots in America’s cities. With his close colleague and friend, Reverand Matthew Crebbin, he co-founded the ad-hoc group Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility which works closely with the National Gun Victims Action Council.
Currently Rabbi Praver is launching the Global Coalition for Peace and Civility (GCPC). A national organization, its twin missions are to increase civil dialogue through the proliferation of universal nonsectarian spiritual truths and to galvanize America’s clergy to expand their role as “meaning makers” in society.
Alongside his position as Newtown’s Rabbi, Rabbi Praver also serves the state of Connecticut as a chaplain for the Department of Correction, is a former Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement by the Samaritan people of the Holy Land for distinguished service.
Rabbi Praver was trained in Israel for both the Rabbinate and the Cantorate for ten years in the 80’s before which time he was a college student at SUNY Purchase and Hebrew University.
He continues to powerfully advocate for a culture of peace and civility in every major television, radio and print outlet in the country including, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and the Boston Globe.