Sandy Sasso

Children, Spirituality, Theology

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the author of several nationally acclaimed children’s books, including For Heaven’s Sake, Noah’s Wife, and The Shema in the Mezuzah, which won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

The first woman to be ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism, Sasso was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, in 1974. As a pioneer in the primarily male rabbinate, she has also written and lectured on women and spirituality.

Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. She has served on numerous boards addressing issues of women’s equality, education, hunger, philanthropy, the humanities, and the arts. She has been president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Gleaners Food Bank, and chair of the annual Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival. She also writes a monthly column for the Indianapolis Star.

Festival Years: 2018, 2002, 2000