Rabbi Sandy Roth (1952-2011)
From the New Jersey Jewish News: "Rabbi Sandy Roth, the founding religious leader of Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River, in New Hope, Pa., died at age 58 on March 8 after a long battle with cancer. Roth founded the synagogue while still a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1994. 'We, as individuals and a collective Jewish community, have sustained a great loss,' said synagogue administrator Sheila Steinberg. 'We are all very blessed to have known Rabbi Sandy and privileged to have been led by her. What we have all learned from Rabbi Sandy will remain with us forever.' The synagogue has renamed its sanctuary in her honor. Roth was to become rabbi emerita later this month for her 'far-reaching impact and unbridled devotion and dedication to her synagogue.'"
Tributes from the Community
Rabbi Sandy was my great teacher. I loved her.
I was honored to have met Sandy at a gathering of the Jewish spiritual directors after the SDI conference. Zichrona Livracha (May her memory be a blessing) and thank you SDI for allowing me to get to know such a lovely spirit.
Wendie Bernstein Lash