|The Rev. Becky Zartman|
“Did you ever notice that Rebekah had a nose ring?” Sarah Lefton of G-dcast asked the crowd at e-Formation in June. I felt a little foolish. I hadn’t noticed that Rebekah had a nose ring, and my name is Rebecca. Yikes. “When you read to illustrate a story, you read scripture at another level. You see details in an entirely new way.” And seeing details in an entirely new way is kind of what Sarah Lefton does. It changed her life.
During Sarah Lefton’s talk, we heard about her transformation from religious illiteracy to being the founder of G-dcast. Her story goes like this: Sarah was raised Jewish, but while at a Shabbat dinner at a friend’s, she was asked to comment on the story of Joseph and his brothers, and she found that despite her years at Hebrew School, she didn’t know the story. This troubled her, so she set out to learn more, and her curiosity snowballed from a series of “What if’s?” and “Why not’s?” to a passion for religious education. Now she produces animated shorts based on the Torah and the Talmud, and games to help children and adults learn more about their faith.