Rabba Sara Hurwitz

President and Co-Founder /

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

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