Rabbanit Leah Sarna

Drisha Institute of Jewish Education

Rabbanit Leah Sarna is the Associate Director of Education and Director of High School Programs at Drisha. She previously served as Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, a leading urban Orthodox congregation. She was ordained at Yeshivat Maharat in 2018, holds a BA from Yale University in Philosophy & Psychology, and also trained at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, Drisha and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership. Her published works have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Lehrhaus, The Forward and MyJewishLearning. She has lectured in Orthodox synagogues and Jewish communal settings around the world and loves spreading her warm, energetic love for Torah and Mitzvot with Jews in all stages of life.

Primary location: Philadelphia

Subjects of expertise/Sample speaking topics:

Ritual Reenactments: High Holiday Liturgical Role Play

 

 The Rabbi Who Sat In A Box: A Talmudic Exploration of Bias

 

 Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi's Lost Student

 

B’Rov Am Hadrat Melech: It Takes A Village

 

Hastara: Joy in the Hiddenness

 

Sin Before Sinai

 

Womb Torah

 

Women and Sheva Brachot

 

A Deep Dive into Kisui Rosh: Head and Hair Covering for Men and Women

 

 Deborah the Judge-- Wait, Can Women be Judges?

 

The Dark Side of the Moon

 

The Sound of Silence

Kashrut as a Spiritual Practice

 

Holiness in the Hospital: Hilkhot Bikkur Cholim

Publications:

We are God’s Unruly Partners Fighting Chaos 

 

My Chicago Synagogue Was Firebombed—But We’re Not Leaving (The Atlantic)


This year is not like all other years. Here’s how to find meaning in Passover anyway. (The Washington Post)

Berakhot 45: Exalting God together. (My Jewish Learning)

Leah's Improbable Optimism (My Jewish Learning)

Target Audience:

Adults, teens, girls -- anyone who wants to learn!

Sample class: 

Food and Intimacy

Sample teaching video:

Prepare for Slichot

Speaking fees:

Depends on travel, time investment, etc.

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