Rabbanit Leah Sarna
Core Semikha, Class of 2018
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.