Dennis C. Sasso
Affiliate Professor of Jewish Studies
Phone: (317) 931-2350
Rabbi Sasso is a native of Panama, a descendant of Spanish Jews who settled in the Caribbean in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Rabbi Sasso earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies of Brandeis University. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Temple University, Philadelphia, and was ordained as Rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. Rabbi Sasso has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and did his doctoral studies at Temple University and obtained his Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rabbi Sasso is the recipient of Doctor of Divinity degrees, Honoris Causa, from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Philadelphia, PA), the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), and from Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis, IN).
He has been Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck for the past 30 years. Rabbi Sasso serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Indiana and for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Center. He is a member of the Indianapolis Interfaith Clergy Group and a member of the Steering Committee of the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative, He serves as a member of the Lake Family Institute Advisory Board and is Chairman of its Program Committee.
He writes a monthly opinion column for the Indianapolis Star.
Rabbi Sasso is an Affiliate Professor of Jewish Studies at Christian Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Marian University.