This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.
Sandra Lawson is hoping to get by with a little help from her friends…and strangers, too. The third year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, has taken to social media to crowdfund tuition for the 2014-15 academic year.
Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe (Lawson’s online platform of choice) are not the usual places rabbinical students go for financial help, but then again Lawson is not your usual rabbinical student. She is an African-American, a lesbian, and a convert to Judaism.
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