Sara Hurwitz

Upon becoming the first Modern Orthodox woman rabbi ordained in the United States, Sara Hurwitz took on the title “Rabba.” Born in South Africa, Hurwitz immigrated to America with her family in 1989, at age twelve. After graduating from Barnard College, she went on to study in Drisha’s Scholars Circle Program, an intensive three-year course for women, meant to cover the same material as rabbinic ordination. In 2005 she began studying under Rabbi Avi Weiss. In 2009 Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber conferred semikha (ordination) on Sara Hurwitz, and later that year she and Weiss cofounded Yeshivat Maharat, a rabbinical seminary for Orthodox women. As of 2016, Hurwitz serves as dean of Yeshivat Maharat. She also created the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance’s Gender and Orthodoxy Curriculum Project. She has been honored as one of the Forward 50 and one of Newsweek’s 50 most influential rabbis.


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Courtesy of Yeshivat Maharat.

Date of Birth

South Africa

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