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Yom Shabbat, 28 Kislev 5778


Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

rabbi larger A native of Los Angeles,CA. Rabbi Rebecca L. 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. Currently, she is serving as the rabbi for the Moses Montefiore Congregation in

Bloomington, Illinois.

Since Rabbi Dubowe’s arrival during the summer of 2015, she has played an active role

as the spokesperson on behalf of the small but vibrant Jewish community in

Bloomington. Rabbi Dubowe serves as the chair of the Faith and Outreach committee

associated with the Not In Our Town organization. Not In Our Town is a movement to

stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.

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. 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 and JCCs 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 agriculture and marketing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



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Past Rabbis (partial list)
Lynn Goldstein 2012 - 2015  
Paul Kaplan 1999 - 2012
Ted Gordon 1997 - 1999  
John Spiro 1993 - 1997
Cliff Librach 1986 - 1993
T. Gershon Blackmore 1982 - 1986
Tom Louchheim (Student) 1980's
David Kudan (Student) 1980's Ord.1987  
Jeff Elson 1975 Funerals of Ethal Cohen, 1978 funeral of Fredrick Cohen 1977 Kate Samuels  
Jon Konheim 1972 - 1975  
Roy Walter (student) Ordained in 1970  
 Barton Lee (student)
Ordained in 1970
 Albert Lewis

 1960's - 1972

 G. George Fox
Gerald Schuster Funerals in 1964,1965,1968,1969  
Julius Hyatt (Of Peoria) Funeral 1959  
 Harold Kudan
1950's or 1960's (Ordained in 1959) Funerals of Goldie Seltzer 1959,Willard Udwin 2/1968, Edith Udwin 5/1968
Moses Landau at least 1956-1957  
L. Josephson 1949 funeral  
Ulrick B. Steuer At least 1943 - resigned effective September 1 1948  
B. Markowitz 1935/26 (funeral of Emile Mandel Bachrach)  
Frederic Amster Doppelt (Student)  Ordained 5/30/1931  
 Battenheimer/Battingheimer/Bottigheimer  (Of Peoria) 1916 (FrankTick) 1927 Funeral, 1930 Feuneral (Lee Sycle)
Emden ("of Othodox Jewish Church of eoria) Samuel Tick Funeral 1929  
Schumner (Maybe of Abas Israel) 1916 ( Fanny Tick Obit Rabbi Schumner of this city)  
Messing (Of Peoria,IL & Montgomery, Al.)  1897-1911  
Fox 1908 Funeral  
Charles S. Levy ( Peoria, Il 1900-1903  
"A Rabbi from Chicago will Probably conduct the Funeral." 1899  
Cadden/Cotten Beginning April 1883  

 Emigrated From Germany to be Rabbi In Bloomington, Il. Twenty - five years old. Eighteen Jewish Families.  Reference in Schwarzman obit of Rabbi Cadden from Lafayette, Ind.

Calisch (of Peoria, Il.)                                                           Funeral of Rose Woolner