The Rotary Club of Ashburn is pleased to welcom Rabbi Amy Sapowith as this week's speaker.   Join us as Rabbi Sapowith shares her story!

Rabbi Amy Sapowith has a B.A.with honors from Dartmouth College,an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and is A.B.D in the same.  Her doctoral program was in African American, Latin American and Jewish American literatures.  Rabbi Sapowith received Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 2003.  While at HUC-JIR Rabbi Sapowith twice received awards for Outstanding Service to a Small Congregation and for Excellence in Bible.   During her studies she also served as rabbinic intern for Gateways Beit Teshuva, a Jewish residential home for people recovering from addiction.  Prior to her graduate studies, Rabbi Sapowith worked as an environmentalist in Washington, D.C. and Quito, Ecuador.    

​Rabbi Sapowith joined the clergy staff of Temple Sinai, Rochester, NY in 2003. She joined Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Ashburn, VA in July 1. 

Rabbi Amy encourages diverse worship styles, has led a congregational mitzvah trip to post-Katrina New Orleans and a peoplehood tour to Spain.    She is a bridge-builder between Jews of different stripes, between Jews in different parts of the world, with other local faith communities and with secular American society.  Rabbi Sapowithencourages lifelong learning and has herself furthered her Jewish studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and the Drisha Institute in New York City.  

Rabbi Sapowith has served as the President of the Rochester Board of Rabbis, Chair of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, and was a founding member of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Since arriving at BCRC, she has volunteered as an Assistant lacrosse Coach for Ashburn Bandits, the girls 5-6 team!