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Hi, I’m Sarah! I can’t wait to help you achieve your public speaking goals.

Sarah is a master facilitator and sought after expert and leader of community gatherings. She has worked with audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. 

Sarah leads a variety of ancient and modern rituals, and has officiated at life cycle events such as weddings and b'nei mitzvah.

She studied, performed and taught improv for over 25 years, and facilitates conferences, meetings, and events. She has also opened shows, book and album launches, and emceed for multiple music venues across NYC with hundreds of attendees. 

Sarah trained with master storyteller Peninnah Schram and studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade with Morgan Phillips. Sarah has also trained extensively with acting coach Jill Fruitkin and studied with master coach Deborah Grayson Riegel.

Sarah holds a M.A. in Jewish Education and a M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. She teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.

Before launching Soft as a Rock, Sarah worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years, developing and leading programs, curricula, and training materials for national and local organizations. She is especially well known for her work as a thought leader and spiritual guide in the Jewish environmental movement and as a Hebrew priestess.

An innovative thought leader and entrepreneur, Sarah co-founded Romemu Yeshiva, Jewish Initiative for Animals, and Shamir Collective. She has spoken to thousands of people on topics as diverse as mindfulness, food values, earth-based spiritual practices, and archaeomythology. 

Career highlights:

  • A trainer with Taamod, she supports Jewish non-profits in harassment prevention, through designing and maintaining respectful workplaces.
  • As a faculty member of Applied Jewish Spirituality, her courses provide ancient resources for contemporary Jewish practices including earth based spirtiual practice and kabbalistic dreamwork. 
  • From 2015-18, she was the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at JIFA (Jewish Initiative for Animals) where she worked to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. 
  • She served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm, responsible for Food, Farm and Forest Jewish Educational Programming. 
  • From 2018-2022 she served as the program director of Romemu Yeshiva and was a garden educator with Grow Torah from 2018-2020.

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