RRC student Sandra Lawson has offered blessings in a Philly pub, chased criminals down the streets of South Korea, and found community and spiritual sustenance in Judaism. Sandra seeks to redefine what it means to be a rabbi and engage people hungry for meaning and connection. She recently received an $870 grant to lead Shabbat services at a vegan café in the Philadelphia suburbs.
“The model of the synagogue, where you have to pay large dues, pay to come to High Holidays, is not a model I want to duplicate,” she recently told JTA. “We live in a different world now. If you’re going to wait for people to come to your synagogue, your JCC, you’ll be waiting a long time.”
JTA delves into Sandra’s multifaceted identity and fascinating life story. Read the piece here.