There will be a Zoom Q & A with Rabbi Lawson after the Service. Please see our temple email communications for link.
Rabbi Sandra Lawson (she/her) is one of the first African American, queer, female rabbis who has consciously sought to alter the perception of what a rabbi — and the rabbinate — looks like. Known for tackling difficult questions surrounding Jews and race, Rabbi Lawson has been an active voice in podcasts, essays, media appearances and speeches. She currently serves as Director of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism where she works with senior staff, lay leaders, clergy, rabbinical students, and Reconstructionist communities to help Reconstructing Judaism realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization and movement. In this role, Rabbi Lawson is developing a series of anti-racist policies for the institution and its affiliate members. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinical students.
Prior to joining Reconstructing Judaism, Lawson served as the Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life and as the Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel at Elon University in North Carolina. She is also the founder of Kol Hapanim – All Faces – an inclusive, Jewish community that is relevant, accessible, and rooted in tradition, where all who come are welcomed and diversity is embraced. We hope you will join us for services and for an inspiring, engaging, important post service conversation and Q&A with Rabbi Lawson as we celebrate PRIDE on Friday, June 4th.