Rodef Shalom Congregation Announces Award and Endowment Fund in Honor of Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry’s Lifetime of Social Justice Work


Rodef Shalom Congregation is proud to announce the establishment of the Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry Social Justice Award, along with a new endowment fund that will provide biennial financial support to a social justice cause that has made a significant impact in the region. Rodef Shalom’s Social Action/Social Justice Committee will partner with the awardee organization on a mutually meaningful project.

The award and fund, honoring Rabbi Henry’s 20th anniversary with our Congregation and 30 years in the rabbinate, will be formally announced and celebrated at a special Shabbat service at Rodef Shalom Congregation at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The community is invited to attend the service and the Oneg following the service.

“Social justice is a hallmark of Rabbi Henry’s rabbinic career,” said Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Frances F. & David R. Levin Senior Rabbinic Pulpit Rodef Shalom. “As a spiritual leader, educator, planner and advocate, Rabbi Henry has partnered with members of the Congregation, and with others in the larger community, to ensure that social justice is never far from the top of the agenda. This new award and fund in her honor will continue Rabbi Henry’s legacy of work in Pittsburgh and beyond, deepening the ongoing ripple effect of her personal impact on social justice.”

Over the course of her ongoing career, Rabbi Henry has led groups of young people and their parents on missions to Haiti, regularly volunteers at the East End Cooperative Ministry, accompanies students and lay leaders to Washington, D.C. on Religious Action Center-related programs, helps at the annual Empty Bowls event supporting the hungry hosted by the Congregation, and much more. Rabbi Henry was appointed to the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission by Mayor Bill Peduto in 2016. Most recently she was one of 15 American World Service Global Justice Fellowship rabbis who traveled to meet AJWS partners in Guatemala and to hone activist and advocacy skills.

“I understand the pursuit of justice to be at the core of the Jewish soul,” Rabbi Henry said. “This award allows us to support organizations and individuals that seek to create a more just world, which is an essential aspect of Jewish life.”

To make a donation in honor of Rabbi Henry, click here or contact Rodef Shalom’s Director of Development, Mayda Roth, at or by calling 412.621.6566 ext. 140.

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