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 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 her 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
Time Under Tension
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Nitzavim
2021/5781
Sudden change requires slow commitment
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
September 2, 2021
Rabba Sara Hurwitz - Maharat's 9th Annual Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Ninth Semikha Ceremony
June 15, 2021
Letting Go and Holding on: Simone Biles and Moshe Rabbeinu
In the News
August 2, 2021
The Tide Has Turned
In the News
July 12, 2021
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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