Authors Posts by Leah Sarna

Leah Sarna

Leah Sarna is the Associate Director of Education and Director of High School Programs at Drisha. She previously served as Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, a leading urban Orthodox congregation. Ordained at Yeshivat Maharat in 2018, she holds a BA from Yale University in Philosophy & Psychology, and received training at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, Drisha, and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership. Sarna is a recipient of the 2021 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize and was a member of the Sefaria-Maharat Jewish Women's Writing Fellowship and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Her published works have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Lehrhaus and The Jewish Review of Books and she has lectured in Orthodox synagogues and Jewish communal settings around the world. She loves spreading her warm, energetic love for Torah and Mitzvot with Jews in all stages of life. She can be reached by email at

Torah u-Madda for All?

Leah Sarna addresses the perceived disconnect between the ideal Torah U-Madda lifestyle and the gendered reality of advanced Torah study for women.

An Alternative History of American Modern Orthodoxy

Leah Sarna contributes to the Lehrhaus Symposium on the recent OU statement regarding female clergy.