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Rabbanit Leah Sarna

Drisha Institute of Jewish Education

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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


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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