Hazzan and Community Chaplain Sabrina Sojourner has been leading services, teaching, and cultivating curiosity within Judaism for more than 15 years. She’s been a featured speaker and faculty at conferences, retreats and Shabbatons, including the National Women’s Studies Association, Jewish Multiracial Network, Nehirim, Jewish Women’s Retreats, the National Havurah Chesapeake Retreat, the National Havurah Institute, and Oseh Shalom.
A feminist writer, educator, and storyteller for most of her life, Sabrina says, “At this point, I don’t have a form. I allow the subject of my writing to dictate the form.” She is also a former lecturer in Women’s Studies at San Francisco State University and has a national reputation as writer, speaker, facilitator, and thought leader on diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism.
Based in Rockville, MD, she serves as the Jewish Spiritual Leader for Revitz House, a residence of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities, and leads services, teaches across the campus. She also provides life-cycle, spiritual, and chaplain services for unaffiliated Jewish families in the Greater Washington, DC area and across the country.
Earlier this year, she launched “Training the Heart to Listen,” a conversational approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Based on Jewish values, the design invites participants to use their spirituality, the sacredness of their community, and the values of their faith tradition for this important, and often, difficult discussion.
This past year, in recognition of her leadership and independent scholarship, Sabrina was appointed as the Midrashist-in-Residence, National Havurah Institute and received three fellowships:
Selah Leadership Fellowship, Bend the Arc (June 2018);
Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle, Dimensions Educational Consulting and Ashburn Seminary (March 2019); and
Hineni Leadership Fellowship, Hineni Fellowship (May 2019).
NeShama National Association of Jewish of Jewish Chaplains
Women Cantors Network
National Women's Studies Association