The Board of Havurat Ee Shalom is pleased to introduce Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin, who will lead our services during the High Holy Days this September. Meet Rabbi Sarah at a Kabbalat Shabbat service, featuring lots of singing and discussion, on the evening of August 17th. We hope to add additional bi-monthly (every-other month) Shabbat services as our budget allows.
In 2007 Rabbi Sarah received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote,PA. Prior to that, she earned BA and MA degrees in anthropology, with a graduate minor in medical sciences. As part of her research, she excavated archeological sites in Jerusalem and on the Euphrates River in Turkey.
Rabbi Sarah is influenced by her work as an anthropologist, both in working with people in diverse cultures and in the stratigraphy (study of rock strata) of ideas and traditions from archaeological excavations. She believes that knowledge of Jewish values and ideas from across traditions and generations is important to individual and communal Jewish connection.
Rabbi Sarah’s previous rabbinical experience includes spiritual, educational, and cultural work at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, NH, Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, and the Seattle Jewish Community School.
Currently, Rabbi Sarah provides client support at Committee for Children, a Seattle-based non-profit, and serves as interim rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Everett. In addition, Sarah brings Jewish engagement to individuals and communities through “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” and through life-cycle rituals.
We look forward to a warm community welcome later this summer for Rabbi Sarah, her husband Robert, and their son Jonathan!