Rabbi Sandy Sasso

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has served, along with her husband Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso, as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck since 1977. In June 2013 she became Rabbi Emerita and is the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Temple University, in 1974 she was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Sandy has been active in the arts, civic and interfaith communities of Indianapolis and beyond. She is a past President of Gleaners Food Bank, and serves on the boards of the Indiana Humanities Council, the Julian Center (domestic violence shelter), Lake Institute of Faith and Giving and the Board of Advisors of IUPUI (Indian University/Purdue University at Indianapolis). She is Past Chair of the Spirit and Place Advisory Board, the annual festival celebrating the Arts, Religion and Humanities. Rabbi Sandy has written and lectured on women and spirituality, and the discovery of the religious imagination in children. She is the author of several nationally acclaimed children’s books, including God’s Paintbrush, Adam and Eve’s First Sunset and In God’s Name. Publisher’s Weekly selected two of her books, But God Remembered and Noah’s Wife; The Story of Na’amah as Best Books of the Year. Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs is the winner of the 2005 Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Award. A book for adults, Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks, was reprinted in paperback in the fall of 2013. She co-edited the Winter 2014 CCAR Journal entitled, \ A Symposium on Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning. Rabbi Sandy has been honored as one of the “Influential Women in Indiana” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and was featured among “Indy’s Most Influential Clergy” by NUVO News Weekly. She is the recipient of the “Sagamore of the Wabash”, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of the State of Indiana.