Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin


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 RevelationReformJudaism.org, June 2019

A Jewish Response to Political ScandalReformJudaism.org, February 2019

Double Negatives and the Crisis of Moral LeadershipThe 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 DivinityThe Times of Israel, March 2018