Our Rabbi

  
Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz is proud to have has served as the St Croix Jewish Community's "snowbird rabbi" since 2011. 

Rabbi Marna's roots are in New York.  She graduated from high school in Northeastern PA, and attended Brandeis University, majoring in Sociology and Jewish Studies.  She earned an M.Ed, from Seattle University.  She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1989, and was honored to receive her honorary D.D. from the RRC in 2014.

Rabbi Marna served for thirteen years as Rabbi of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, WA, which she still calls home.  She has a deep passion for Jewish life in Eastern /Central Europe, and has worked with liberal/progressive Jewish communities in Prague and Warsaw.  

She loves languages, and is a student of Russian and Yiddish, and, most recently, Arabic.  At home in Olympia, she enjoys singing in her synagogue choir, spending time with dear friends both human and feline, and growing some of the food she eats.

Here on St Croix, Rabbi enjoys planning a variety of programs to meet our Community's needs, with particular emphasis on outreach and community development.  She loves "opening doors," helping to make the depth and beauty and richness of Judaism accessible to all.  When on-Island (~December-April), she can be found most Wednesday mornings (after her early morning swim) at the Bistro.  Come say "Shalom!"
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