Sandy E. Sasso

Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck


Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis where she served from 1977 to 2013. She was the second woman to become a rabbi and was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974. She currently serves as the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Sasso is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Gleaner's Food Bank and a past chair of the Spirit and Place Festival. She serves on numerous boards including the Julian Center, the Indiana Humanities Council, the Patachou Foundation, the Lake Institute and the Talent Alliance. She is the author of many articles and nationally acclaimed children's books dealing with issues of spirituality. Two of her books were selected as best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly. The "Shema in the Mezzuah" won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. "Midrash — Reading the Bible with Question Marks" is her publication for adults. She writes a monthly column for the Indianapolis Star.

Rabbi Sasso 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, Touchstone Award from Girls, Inc., Heritage Keepers Award from the Indiana State Museum, and the Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie Interactive Park.

She received her B.A. and M.A. from Temple University.