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We all have a deep appreciation for Rabbi Regina’s contributions....Her many talents have benefited us all, whether as educator, spiritual guide, officiant, administrator, or otherwise.


Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH
WAYS OF PEACE Founder and Director

Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips feels equally at home keeping a quiet hospital bedside vigil, dancing and playing with babies and toddlers, facilitating a lively adult learning debate, or speaking and singing from the pulpit or podium. She has served as a chaplain, educator, and cantorial soloist in a range of community settings.

Rabbi Regina has pioneered innovative Jewish approaches to such challenges as forgiveness, ethical speech, and spiritual finance, and is a leader in the movement to reclaim the vital traditions of the Hevra Kadisha (Sacred Burial Fellowship). She holds masters degrees in social work and public health, with additional training in clinical pastoral education (CPE), conflict resolution, and spiritual direction.

Rabbi Regina lived and worked for social change in Israel during the turbulent years of 1989-1994, was honored for her leadership in the post-9/11 NYC disaster relief, and participated in the 2005 interfaith Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Jewish Week, and in the books Parting Ways (2011) and Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love (2010).


Our prayers and meditations were truly enriched by your wonderful singing and chanting....Every comment has been full of praise, not only for your professional and knowledgeable leadership, but also for the warm way in which you interacted with our membership, especially the children.