Sandy Sasso

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia

CJC is proud to present Rabbi Sandy Sasso for activities for children, teens and adults.

In 1974, Rabbi Sasso was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the first woman to serve a Conservative synagogue.

8:45am - 9:15am
Book Signing

9:15am - 10:30am
Pre-K through Grade 3
Referring to her book, The Shema In the Mezuzah, Rabbi Sasso will speak about conflict resolution on an age-appropriate level and lead an arts and crafts project where the kids will make a mezuzah casing.

10:30am - 11:00am
Book Signing

11:00am - 12:00pm
Teens and Adults
In her book Reading the Bible With Question Marks,  Rabbi Sasso explores how Midrash originated, how it is still used today, and offers new translations and interpretations of more than twenty essential Midrash texts. She will refer to Batiya and Lilith and do a workshop on how she connects with Midrash, how the Midrashim become stories, how the writing process works and how Midrashim works.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grades 4-7
Rabbi Sasso will refer to her book Anne Frank and The Remembering Tree — a story told in the perspective of a tree that stood outside the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis — for experiential learning connecting students to immigration.

For more information please call 410-730-6044

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has served, along with her husband Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso, as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck since 1977. In June 2013 she became Rabbi Emerita and is the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Temple University, in 1974 she was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In addition to being the first woman to serve a Conservative congregation, she and her husband are the first practicing rabbinical couple in world Jewish history. Rabbi Sandy earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary. The recipient of several honorary doctorates (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; DePauw University; Butler University; Franklin College; and Christian Theological Seminary), in June 2013 she received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Sandy has written and lectured on women and spirituality, and the discovery of the religious imagination in children. She is the author of several nationally acclaimed children’s books, including God’s Paintbrush, Adam and Eve’s First Sunset and In God’s Name,and Creation’s First Light. Publisher’s Weekly selected two of her books,But God Remembered and Noah’s Wife; The Story of Na’amah as Best Books of the Year. And Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs is the winner of the 2005 Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Award. Rabbi Sandy also writes adult literature including, Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks, which was recently reprinted in 2013. In 2004, she received the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature and, in 2012 took home the National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book for The Shemah in the Mezuzah. She recently co-edited the Winter 2014 CCAR Journal entitled, A Symposium on Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning and released both a new children’s book, Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree, and a new adult piece,Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage—Folktales, Legends and Letters,co-authored with Peninnah Schram.

Rabbi Sandy has been honored as one of the “Influential Women in Indiana” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and was featured among “Indy’s Most Influential Clergy” by NUVO News Weekly. She is the recipient of the “Sagamore of the Wabash”, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of the State of Indiana. Rabbi Sandy is also the recipient of the 2013 Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Lifetime Rabbinic Service Award.

Event Time: 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:00

Contact Person: 

Rabbi Starr


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