Interview with Rabbi Lawson
Mark Lieberman interviewed Rabbi Sandra Lawson. After serving in the US Army, earning a graduate degree in sociology, and working as a personal trainer, Lawson found the open and accepting congregation she never knew she needed. She converted to Judaism in 2004 and worked as a researcher for the Anti-Defamation League.
Rabbi Lawson was ordained in 2018, as one of the first openly gay, female, Black rabbis in the world.
After serving as chaplain and educator for Jewish life at Elon University in North Carolina she has been selected as the inaugural Director of Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for Reconstructing Judaism, the leading organization of the Reconstructionist movement.
Reconstructionism is a progressive Jewish movement rooted in the idea that Judaism evolves over time and embraces Jewish culture and philosophy in addition to custom and law.
Rabbi been known as the Snapchat Rabbi and featured in the JTA as one of 10 Jews you should follow on Snapchat and The 50 Jews everyone should follow on Twitter, and was named on the Forward 50 2020. You can also learn more about me by listening to the Judaism Unbound Episode 34: The Snapchat Rabbi.
Lawson talks about her life experience and how she hopes to work with senior staff, lay leaders, clergy, rabbinical students, and Reconstructionist communities to help Reconstructing Judaism establish methods of proliferating diversity and inclusion, and to make sure Reconstructionist rabbinical students of color can flourish.
To find out more about her visit her website. Experience her musical side by visiting https://www.rabbisandralawson.com/the-torah-of-the-blues; and listen to her podcast on https://www.rabbisandralawson.com/podcast.
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