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A Deaf Rabbi Who Listens

by Julie Bien
September 3, 2013
Jewish Journal.com
Los Angeles

Imagine taking a graduate school class — a small one, with maybe a dozen students — and for the entire year, not being able to understand a single word the professor said. For your final examination, you have to rely on notes compiled from your classmates and pray they understood the material enough to effectively teach you.

For Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe, who was ordained 20 years ago as the world’s first Reform deaf rabbi, that’s how she got through one of her first-year rabbinical school classes in Israel.



Call for Papers: Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture, Antwerp, 31 March – 2 April 2014

International conference

‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind’. Disability in Jewish thought and culture

31 March – 2 April 2014

Institute of Jewish Studies – University of Antwerp


Rabbinical student leads High Holiday services in 3 languages

Nancy LandsmanRonnie Wachter
Buffalo Grove Countryside

To further explain how listening and hearing are different skills, Buffalo Grove Cantor Nancy Diamond Landsman showed the distinct ways the words are communicated in American Sign Language.

While leading services at Congregation Ahavat Olam, which serves the northwest suburbs, the rabbinical student believes that everyone is listening, though she knows some are not hearing.


Poll Suggests Jewish Organizations Not Accessible

ShelleyCohenSeptember 11, 2013
By Ian Zelaya
The Jewish Week New York

Results from a new poll conducted by RespectAbilityUSA and Jerusalem U found that many Jews support the inclusion of disabled Jews in Jewish organizations and events, but suggest that many of these venues and organizations aren’t practicing what their members preach.



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