Rabba Sara Hurwitz

President and Co-Founder /

Hurwitz

Rabba Sara Hurwitz‭, ‬Co-Founder and President of Maharat‭, ‬the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy‭, ‬also‭ ‬serves on the Rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale‭. ‬

Rabba Hurwitz completed Drisha’s three-year Scholars Circle Program‭, ‬an advanced intensive program of study for Jewish women training to become scholars‭, ‬educators and community leaders‭. ‬After another five years of study under the auspices of Rabbi Avi Weiss‭, ‬she was ordained by Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber in 2009‭.‬

In 2013‭ ‬Rabba Hurwitz was awarded the Hadassah Foundation Bernice S‭. ‬Tannenbaum prize‭, ‬and the Myrtle Wreath Award from the Southern New Jersey Region of Hadassah in 2014‭. ‬In 2016‭ ‬she was the Trailblazer Award Recipient at UJA Federation of New York‭. She‭ ‬was named as one of Jewish Week’s 36‭ ‬Under 36‭, ‬the Forward50‭ ‬most influential Jewish leaders‭, ‬and Newsweek’s 50‭ ‬most influential rabbis‭. In 2017‭ ‬Rabba Hurwitz was chosen to be a member of the inaugural class of Wexner Foundation Field‭ ‬Fellows‭.‬

She and husband‭, ‬Josh Abraham‭, ‬are parents to Yonah‭, ‬Zacharya‭, ‬Davidi and Natan‭.‬

To contact Rabba Sara Hurwitz‭: shurwitz@yeshivatmaharat.org

Available Writings

Title
Type
Category
Topic
Year
Shavuot Jews vs. Pesach Jews
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Shavuot
2021/5781
Power Hour of Torah: The Purim Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Purim
February 24, 2021
Listening, Speaking, and Acting
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Tetzaveh
2021/5781
Hitting The Unprecedented Plague With A Stick
Dvar Torah; Multimedia
Shemot; Video Divrei Torah
Va'era
2021/5781
Breastfeeding Series Session 3 - Breastfeeding in Public, Synagogue and while Learning
Multimedia
Panels and Discussions
February 10, 2021
We Are Our Own Worst Enemy
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Terumah
2021/5781
Sustaining Creation Through Song
Dvar Torah
Shemot
B'Shalach
2021/5781
Chanukah from Every Angle - A Webinar with Maharat Faculty
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday; Chassidut
Chanukah
2019/5780
Power Hour of Torah - The Chanukah Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Chanukah
December 10, 2020
On Not Knowing
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Beha'alotekha
2015/5775
On Mob Mentality
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Shelach
2015/5775
On Receiving Criticism
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Korach
2015/5775
On Self Reliance
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Chukat
2015/5775
On Foresight
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Balak
2015/5775
On Being Counted
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Pinchas
2015/5775
On Faith
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Mattot; Mase'i
2015/5775
On Gumption
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Devarim
2015/5775
On Loving the Convert
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Ekev
2015/5775
On Yearning for Israel
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Re'eh
2015/5775
“Doing What Is Right and Good”: Nelson Mandela and Moral Courage
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Re'eh
2013/5773
On Unintentionally Sinning
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Shoftim
2015/5775
On Fitting In
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Ki Tetze
2015/5775
On Praying for Redemption
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Ki Tavo
2015/5775
On Nuance
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Vayelech
2015/5775
On Diverse Voices
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Haazinu
2015/5775
Change with Sacrifice
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2013/5774
Of Angels & Death: Women Wearing Kittels
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Yom Kippur
2019/5780
Forgiving Others and Forgiving Ourselves
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Yom Kippur
2012/5773
Imagining the Impossible (text)
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Sukkot / Simkhat Torah
2020/5781
Finding Security Within Insecurity
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Sukkot / Simkhat Torah
2013/5774
Yes! And...
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Purim
2018/5778
A 2020 Message From Our President
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2020/5780
Chaos in Seder (text)
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2020/5780
Dayenu and the Anatomy of Gratitude
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2019/5779
Charoseth: Harshness and Hope
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2015/5775
Finding Nechama in the Seven Haftarot of Comfort"
Dvar Torah
Holiday
The Three Weeks
2014/5774
The Flawed Dream
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Tisha B'Av
2013/5773
Finding Joy on Thanksgiving
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Thanksgiving
2017/5778
Behind the Veil of Tzniyut: Using Religious Modesty to Block Women as Ritual Leaders
Dvar Torah
Seeking Resilience
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Chanukah
2020/5781
On Struggle and Productivity
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Bereishit
2015/5776
Harmony, Not Conformity
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Noach
2017/5778
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - Eighth Annual Semikha Ceremony
Graduation Speeches
2020
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - 2018 Yeshivat Maharat Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Sixth Semikha Ceremony
June 18, 2018
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - 2017 Yeshivat Maharat Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Fifth Semikha Ceremony
June 18, 2017
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - Maharat's 8th Annual Semikha Ceremony 2020
Multimedia
Graduations
Eighth Semikha Ceremony
June 9, 2020
Chaos in Seder (video)
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Holiday
Pesach
2020/5780
The Plague of Blindness (video)
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Bereishit
Vayera
2020/5781
Imagining the Impossible (video)
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Holiday
Sukkot / Simkhat Torah
2020/5781
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - Rosh Hashana Drasha 2020/5781
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Holiday
Sukkot / Simkhat Torah
2020/5781
Bad News Amnesia: Wandering After Your Heart
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Bamidbar
Shelach
2020/5780
Aseret Yemei Teshuva 5779/2018 - Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Multimedia; Holiday
Video Divrei Torah; Holiday
Rosh Hashana; Yom Kippur
2018/5779
Rabba Sara Hurwitz's Conferral Ceremony
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
2009
Finding Joy In The Snow
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Miketz
2020/5781
Power Hour of Torah: The High Holiday Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Rosh Hashana; Yom Kippur
2020/5781
On Shattering Glass Ceilings
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Lech Lecha
2016/5777
On Suffering
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Lech Lecha
2014/5775
The Plague of Blindness
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayera
2020/5781
On Laughter
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayera
2014/5775
On Grieving
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Chayei Sarah
2014/5775
On Love and Destiny
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayeitzei
2014/5775
On Facing Fears
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayishlach
2014/5775
On Wandering Towards Purpose
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayeshev
2014/5775
On Forgetting and Remembering
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Miketz
2014/5775
On Favoritism
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayigash
2014/5775
On Denial and Hope
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayechi
2015/5775
The Father that Never Died
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayechi
2013/5774
On Anxiety
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Shemot
2015/5775
On Breathing
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Va'era
2015/5775
On Managing Time
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Bo
2015/5775
On Singing
Dvar Torah
Shemot
B'Shalach
2015/5775
On Being Seen and Heard
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Yitro
2015/5775
On Community
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Terumah
2015/5775
On Making Mistakes
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Ki Tissa
2015/5775
On Uncertainty
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Vayakhel; Pekudei
2015/5775
On Body and Soul
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Vayikra
2015/5775
On Living With Loss
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Shemini
2015/5775
On Liminality: Tazria-Metzora
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Tazria
2015/5775
On Boundaries
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Acharei Mot; Kedoshim
2015/5775
On Embracing the Outsider
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Emor
2015/5775
On Theodicy: Behar - Bechukotai
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Behar; Bechukotai
2015/5775
On Individuals and Community
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Bamidbar
2015/5775
On Human Initiative
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Naso
2015/5775
#Enough
In the News
June 3, 2020
Investing in Torah and Loyalty: The Future of Jewish Communal Professionals
In the News
July 8, 2020

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