Rabbi Robin Sparr enjoyed a long career as a cantor, including three years of High Holy Days at TEMV, before becoming our spiritual leader and education director in 2015. She is delighted to begin her rabbinic career in TEMV’s warm, diverse, and inclusive community.
Rabbi Sparr’s love of teaching and of Judaism led her to initially pursue a career as a religious school teacher and youth advisor, and has continued to inform her vision and purpose in her work as a cantor and rabbi. She brings patience, sensitivity and insight to her work with both children and adults of all ages and every background and ability.
The daughter of an interfaith couple, Rabbi Sparr attended Orthodox yeshiva at S.A.R. Academy and Westchester Hebrew High School, and is a graduate of the Young Musicians program at the Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance in New York City. She holds a B.S. Ed, and completed coursework at Hebrew College, was mentored by local luminaries, and participated and presented at numerous conferences before returning to school to receive her rabbinic ordination in 2014.
An accomplished guitarist, Rabbi Sparr sets a participatory mood with her up-to-date repertoire of singable melodies while preserving cherished traditional settings. During two decades of cantorial work, she enjoyed directing children’s, adult, senior and intergenerational choirs, developing meaningful music curricula for religious school, and training adults and children to leyn torah.
For the past seven years, Rabbi Sparr has guided unaffiliated families through life-cycle ceremonies such as weddings and baby-namings, and prepared children (and adults) for bar/bat mitzvah.
As she begins her tenure in Lowell, Rabbi Sparr looks forward to collaborating with the TEMV community to increase our connection to Torah, Judaism, Tikkun Olam, and to one another, both within and beyond our temple walls.
Read the Lowell Sun’s interview with Rabbi Sparr in September 2015.
Our Education Director
Dasha’s professional credentials include over 30 years in Jewish Education, Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education and Judaic Studies, a certificate in Jewish Communal Service, and Certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Responder. More importantly, she has been a teacher, mentor, workshop leader, Youth Group Director, tutor, and Religious School Director. She has worked with students of all ages, from kindergartners to adults, and different learning styles and challenges, including autism spectrum, social anxiety, ADHD, executive functioning, and “neurotypical”. Her vision is Positive Jewish Learning. Every student wants to and can learn, the teacher’s job is to find the best ways to teach. A great joy of Jewish education is the innumerable ways we can educate and engage our community.
Dasha realized, rather than chose, her profession after talking with her grandfather. He asked her, “What do you want to do?” Without thinking, she answered, “teach.” She and her peers loved Hebrew School and that’s her frame of reference.
Dasha looks forward to talking with you about religious school at TEMV. Contact Dasha Baker.