Each year, INCLUDE holds a Week of Learning, designed to expand the work on special needs inclusion that happens at individual institutions throughout the year to educators, parents, and community members all over the Bay Area. Each year we choose a different guest scholar, and this year are proud to present Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe, the first female Deaf rabbi ever ordained and a passionate voice in the national conversation on inclusion in the Jewish community. Events marked "open" are open to the public but may require registration; events marked "closed" are designed for particular populations at particular institutions.
A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Dubowe was ordained by Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a B.A in Jewish Studies from the American Jewish University formerly known as the University of Judaism and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from HUC. Rabbi Dubowe has served several synagogues including Thousand Oaks, CA, Hollywood, CA and in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is currently serving as the interim rabbi for the Moses Montefiore Congregation in Bloomington, Illinois.
Besides serving the rabbinate full-time, Rabbi Dubowe offers her time to the greater Jewish Deaf Community. This community has a special place in Rabbi Dubowe’s life as she is the first female Deaf Rabbi ordained in the world. In addition, she has been a Scholar in Residence at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, Congregation Emanu- El, San Francisco and at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, NYC. Rabbi Dubowe has spoken at numerous synagogues throughout the country, written various articles and led webinars about the importance of inclusion within the Jewish community.
Rabbi Dubowe is married to Michael Dubowe. Together they have two daughters, Rachel who is studying at HUC Los Angeles for her MA in Jewish Education and Arielle who is studying marketing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
This year's events include:
Monday, March 13th:
(Closed event.) 10:25-11:15 AM Presentation to students: Shmiat Ha Ozen: What Does it Mean to Really "Hear"? Tehiyah Day School, 2603 Tassajara Ave, El Cerrito.
(Closed event.) 4:00-9:00 PM Private event for Deaf community. Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont.
Tuesday, March 14th:
(Open event.) 9:30-11:00 AM Parent/community workshop: Your Child (with Special Needs) is a Holy Soul and So Are YOU! Board Room, Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. This event can be attended in-person or via live stream. To attend in-person, register here! To attend via live stream, click here.
(Closed event.) 7:15-9:15 PM Oakland Midrasha 10th Grade Class: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St, Oakland, Shmiat Ha Ozen: What Does it Mean to Really "Hear"
Wednesday, March 15th:
(Closed event.) 10:00 AM Presentation to joint meeting of the East Bay Early Childhood and Educational Councils. Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St, Oakland.
(Closed event.) 5:00-6:00 PM Presentation to students: Shmiat Ha Ozen: What Does it Mean to Really "Hear." Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Ct, Pleasanton.
Thursday, March 16th:
(Closed event.) 9:45-10:45 AM Presentation to San Francisco Ed Council. Jewish LearningWorks, 601 14th Ave., San Francisco.
Sunday, March 19th:
(Open event.) 9:00 AM-1:30 PM Everyone in G-d's Image: Annual Conference on Special Needs Inclusion in Our Jewish Community. Special keynote speakers Denise and Neil Jacobson. Peninsula Temple Sholom, 655 Sebastian Dr., Burlingame. $18/person. Register here!
ASL interpretation available by request.