Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson is a veteran, a vegan, a weightlifter, and one of the first queer women rabbis of color. As Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life at Elon University, Sandra explores ways to build diverse and welcoming communities. “We are raising a generation of Jews to look past whomever their grandfathers’ rabbis were. One of the things I want the larger Jewish community to understand is that rabbis today are a diverse group. Many are people of color. Many are not straight. Many might be married to non-Jews. My difference, my diversity, is helping people become aware of that.”


Type of Custom: Prayers of Celebration & Gratitude

Holiday/Event: Any Holiday