SARA Y. SAPADIN – Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Sara Sapadin insists she never met a text study she didn’t love or a song she wouldn’t sing. She was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2007, where she earned marks of distinction in Bible, liturgy and homiletics. While in rabbinical school, Sara completed a chaplaincy program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and served congregations in Kent, Ohio; Woodstock, Vermont; Cincinnati, Ohio, and Great Neck, New York. Sara then began her career at Temple Beth El of Great Neck, followed by Temple Israel of the City of New York, where she focused on areas of social justice and Israel engagement, as well as Shabbat programming for young children.
Sara maintains an active social media presence, engaging with parents, fellow Jews and a whole host of readers through her writing online. She is a frequent contributor to Kveller.com, Parent.co, RavBlog, and ReformJudaism.com. She also is a contributor to The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate.
Sara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2000 with a bachelor’s in literature. A West Coast transplant, she is from San Diego, where most of her family still resides. Today, Sara happily calls Manhattan home. She and her husband, Danny, are the proud parents of Ezra, Saul, Gabriel, and Talia.
Articles by Rabbi Sapadin
Making Circles, Finding Stillness | Parashat Vayeshev — World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), November 2021
When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation — ReformJudaism.org, June 2019
A Jewish Response to Political Scandal — ReformJudaism.org, February 2019
Double Negatives and the Crisis of Moral Leadership — The Times of Israel, June 2018
This Passover, I Want to Break Free from the Busyness of Life — The Ravblog, Central Conference of American Rabbis, April 2018
On Stephen Hawking, Leviticus and the Search for Divinity — The Times of Israel, March 2018