Rabbi Sarah Brammer-Shlay

Rabbi Sarah Brammer-Shlay graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in May 2022. She will begin as the Rabbi and Associate Chaplain at Grinnell College in August 2022. She created The God Cafe Project with the goal of creating space for people to explore moments in their lives of Divine connection and grappling. At the core of her identity as a Jewish leader and community organizer is the desire for people to get out of isolation and into connection. She has more than 14 years of community organizing experience in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, Israel/Palestine, labor, feminism, workers’ rights and health care. Sarah was a co-founder of IfNotNow and has served in various leadership roles with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence as well.


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God Cafes

In our culture, talking about our experience of God/the Divine or our relationship with God/the Divine is uncommon and even countercultural. Doing so often satisfies a deep need.

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