Leah Sarna


Leah Sarna was writing her senior thesis at the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA about the prospect of women becoming Orthodox clergy when Rabba Sara was ordained in 2009. Ever since then, she had been waiting to matriculate at Yeshivat Maharat. She spent the time in between studying at the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion, Israel and Yale University in New Haven, CT. She graduated cum laude from Yale in May 2014 with a BA in Philosophy & Psychology, submitting a thesis entitled “Confession and the Problems of Soul Sharing.” In addition to her academic studies, she served as president of the Orthodox community and co-director of Dwight Hall: the Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale. She also participated in rigorous interfaith dialogue with Muslim and Evangelical students. Leah spent her summers learning Torah at the Drisha June Kollel and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership's Summer Beit Midrash, among other things. Leah has had the privilege of teaching Torah to adults in communities around the United States, and she spent this past summer teaching high school students at the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program. Leah is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Clergy Intern at Hebrew Institute of White Plains.