Rabbanit Leah Sarna

Core Semikha, Class of 2018

Sarna

Rabbanit Leah Sarna is the Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Rabbanit Leah Sarna attended the Maimonides School and then went to study Torah in Israel at the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz.

Rabbanit Sarna earned her B.A. in Philosophy & Psychology in 2014 at Yale University, where she also led the Orthodox community and Dwight Hall: the Center for Social Justice and Community Service. During her college years, she had the privilege of continuing her Torah learning at the Drisha Collegiate Kollel and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership Summer Beit Midrash. After college, Rabbanit Sarna began four years of study at Maharat, where she received semikha in June 2018. Rabbanit Sarna was also a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a Hartman Rabbinical Student Fellow and a JOIN for Justice Rabbinic and Cantorial Leadership for Public Life Fellow.

Rabbanit Sarna has worked with youth at Camp Yavneh and the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program, and she has been the clergy intern at Harvard Hillel, Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue, and the Hebrew Institute of White Plains. She has also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and served as a visiting chaplain at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. In her free time, she loves to bake bread and play pick-up sports. She is married to Ethan Schwartz, a doctoral student in Religion at Harvard University.

Available Writings

Title
Type
Category
Topic
Year
Minhah Hadashah (מנחה חדשה): The Offering of Novelty
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Shavuot
2021/5781
Adding More Women Into Your Wedding Ceremony
Breastfeeding Series Session 1 - Electric Pumps & Shabbat
Multimedia
Panels and Discussions
February 1, 2021
Listening to Trauma
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Chayei Sarah
2017/5778
Tamar the Tenacious
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayeshev
2017/5778
On Success
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayeshev
2016/5777
Embrace new parts of the Haggadah
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2020/5780
Psalm 114: The Maggid Ends, The Earth Trembles
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2018/5778
Hallel: The Sacrificial Soundtrack
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2017/5777
Rabbanit Leah Sarna - 2018 Yeshivat Maharat Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Sixth Semikha Ceremony
June 18, 2018
Power Hour of Torah: The High Holiday Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Rosh Hashana; Yom Kippur
2020/5781
Pilot Episode: Renewal
Multimedia
Podcasts
PrayerFull
December 15, 20201
Episode 2: Routine
Multimedia
Podcasts
PrayerFull
January 21, 2021
An Alternative History of American Modern Orthodoxy
Teshuva
Ordination
Current Articles and Press
February 15, 2017
Shemot 5780: Saying Less, Meaning More
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Shemot
The Straw Hat; Shemot
January 15, 2020
Shmini 5779: Strange Fire Sudden Death
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Shemini
March 27, 2019
Re’eh 5779: The B’nai Mitzvah Episode
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Devarim
The Straw Hat; Re'eh
August 28, 2019
The Straw Man: Purim 5780
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Purim
March 9, 2020
Pesach 5780: A Seder Bar Mitzvah
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Pesach
April 8, 2020
Passover 5779: The Existential Bookends of Life
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Pesach
April 24, 2019
Metzora 5779: The Passover Episode
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Metzora; Pesach
April 10, 2019
Matot-Masei 5779: Snacking on the Eruv
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Mattot; Mase'i
July 31, 2019
Lech Lecha 5780: The Cholent Effect
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Lech Lecha
November 6, 2019
Korach 5779: The Power of the Jewish Public
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Korach
July 3, 2019
Ki Tisa 5780: Happy Birthday to Us!
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Shemot
The Straw Hat; Ki Tissa
March 11, 2020
Ki Teitzei 5779: The Yahrzeit Episode
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Devarim
The Straw Hat; Ki Tetze
September 11, 2019
Kedoshim 5779: The Mikvah Episode
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Kedoshim
May 8, 2019
Emor 5780: A Shul Without Walls
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Emor
May 6, 2020
Chayei Sara 5780: Announcing ASBI’s New Siddur
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Chayei Sarah
November 20, 2019
Bo 5780: Rise & Shine
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Shemot
The Straw Hat; Bo
January 29, 2020
Bereshit 5780: Now What?
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Bereishit
October 23, 2019
Behar 5779: To Love a Shul
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Behar
May 22, 2019
Beha’alotcha 5779: Memorized Torah
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Beha'alotekha
June 19, 2019
Bamidbar 5779: From Holy to Holy
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Bamidbar
June 5, 2019
Balak 5779: Not Under My Umbrella
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Balak
July 17, 2019
Vaetchanan 5780: A Farewell to Rabbanit Sarna
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Devarim
The Straw Hat; Va'etchanan
July 29, 2020
Matot-Masei 5780: Striving for Moments of Community
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Mattot; Mase'i
July 15, 2020
Chukat-Balak 5780: Brush Your Teeth Before Wearing Your Mask
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bamidbar
The Straw Hat; Chukat; Balak
July 1, 2020
Nitzavim 5779: Shana Tova
Multimedia; Dvar Torah; Holiday
Podcasts; Devarim; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Nitzavim; Rosh Hashana
September 25, 2019
What the curse of Eve teaches us about post-partum motherhood
In the News
October 16, 2020
Tazria-Metzora 5780: Tumah Happens
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Tazria; Metzora
April 22, 2020
Yitro 5780: Count the Commandments
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Shemot
The Straw Hat; Yitro
February 12, 2020
Vayikra 5780: Passover & Pandemic
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra; Holiday
The Straw Hat; Vayikra; Pesach
March 25, 2020
Vayikra 5779: How to Keep Pork Out of Your Soup
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Vayikra
The Straw Hat; Vayikra
March 11, 2019
Vayigash 5780: Old Questions, New Answers
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Vayigash
January 2, 2020
Vayeshev 5780: The Daf Yomi Episode
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Vayeshev
December 18, 2019
Vayetzei 5780: Generations Under One Roof
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Bereishit
The Straw Hat; Vayeitzei
December 5, 2019
Vaetchanan 5779: Putting in the Work
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Devarim
The Straw Hat; Va'etchanan
August 14, 2019
Terumah 5780: The Four M’s
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Podcasts; Shemot
The Straw Hat; Terumah
February 26, 2020

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