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Rabbi Sarah Shulman

Rabbi Sarah Shulman is a dynamic Jewish community leader and currently serves as the Director of Camp Ramah in Northern California. Ordained as a Conservative rabbi with dual Masters degrees in Education and Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University, Rabbi Shulman is passionate about community building through Jewish educational experiences.

Originally from Seattle, Rabbi Shulman attended Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Human Biology and Creative Writing. After college, Rabbi Sarah completed the Day School Leadership through Teaching (DeLeT) fellowship, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for six years, teaching and working in the administration at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco.

Rabbi Shulman has worked in several different congregations and Jewish organizational settings throughout her career before founding Camp Ramah in Northern California. She has fond memories of living in Denver and being a part of the HEA community a decade ago when she worked as a hospital chaplain, the Director of Community Education for Hazon, and the Assistant Director of Ramah in the Rockies.  She also has an impressive athletic background, having competed in IRONMAN world championships and other ultra-endurance events as an accomplished swimmer, runner, and cyclist. Rabbi Shulman currently lives in Foster City with her husband Nate and their daughters Lielle and Meital. 

Assistant Rabbi Announcement

Rabbi Sarah Shulman Will Become Assistant Rabbi at HEA

February 23, 2022
“Appoint for yourself a rabbi, and acquire for yourself a friend, and judge each person favorably.”  (Pirkei Avot 1:6)  

We are pleased to share with you the latest developments in our search for an assistant rabbi to serve alongside Rabbi Gruenwald.

Late last week, we learned that both Rabbi Elizabeth Breit and Rabbi Sarah Shulman received attractive offers from other synagogues. Upon hearing this news, our Transition Team gathered to discuss next steps. The Transition Team carefully deliberated the options and considered the information gathered through our observation of the candidates, the congregational surveys, and Rabbi Gruenwald’s recommendations. As a result, we extended an offer to Rabbi Sarah Shulman on Friday afternoon. We are excited to announce that Rabbi Shulman has accepted our offer and is working with us to finalize a contract agreement.   

With this process now completed, the Transition Team will turn its attention to welcoming Rabbi Shulman and Eitan Kantor to our community, as we look forward to having a stellar new spiritual leadership team at HEA. We should feel very good that we conducted a rigorous process that led to this outcome. Rabbi Shulman shared that she is excited to accept the invitation to join HEA. 

We thank the members of our Transition Team and the many volunteers who helped welcome our candidates. If you have any questions or comments, please reference the FAQs below or contact Rabbi Gruenwald, Laura Intfen, or Caron Blanke.   

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyyar 5782