The first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist movement, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has used her career as an award-winning author to change how children and adults think about women in Jewish tradition. Sasso, who graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974, had the added distinction of being half of the first rabbinic couple (with her husband, Rabbi Dennis Sasso) and the first rabbi to experience motherhood after the birth of her oldest child, David, in 1976. Sandy and Dennis Sasso became the joint leaders of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis in 1977, where Sandy served until her retirement in 2013. A prolific writer, Sasso has written a number of Jewish children’s books, winning Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book of the Year Award for But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land in 1995 and A Prayer for the Earth in 1996. She has also written resources for parents and a book on midrash. Sasso continues to work with her cohort of fellow first women rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements, speaking about their experiences.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sandy Sasso." (Viewed on September 26, 2023) <https://jwa.org/rabbis/narrators/sasso-sandy>.