Sandy Sasso

Sandy   Sasso Sandy Sasso recently retired as the rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis since 1977. She is active in the arts, civic affairs, and interfaith communities, and has written and lectured on women and spirituality and the religious imagination in children. She received a Doctorate of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, , and holds several honorary doctorates. She has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature by the Church and Synagogue Library Association. Her books, including ‘God’s Paintbrush”, have won many national awards. “The Shema in the Mezuzah” won the National Jewish Book Award for the best illustrated children’s book of 2012. Moment Magazine said of her writing – “Simple and meaningful…engages and encourages the spiritual yearning of readers, young and old.” Sasso is the author of several works on midrash and spirituality, including “Midrash- Reading the Bible with Question Marks”. Rabbi Sasso has been a honored as one of the “Influential Women in Indiana” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and was featured as among “Indy’s Most Influential Clergy” by Nuvo News Weekly. She writes a monthly column in The Indianapolis Star and teaches Judaism, Midrash and Creative Writing at Butler University.