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Rabbi Dawn Rose, PhD

 

     Rabbi Dawn Rose was raised Baptist on the small ranch in Northern California.  Realizing she was gay at 17, she moved to San Francisco.  There she attended UC Berkeley majoring in English Literature.  At the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Rose sought and found a deeper spirituality and concept of responsibility in Judaism.  Soon after her conversion, she entered the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. 
     Denied ordination after five years because of her sexual orientation, she stayed to earn a PhD in Jewish Philosophy.  Ordained finally at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY, Rabbi Rose has taught theology and ethics at two rabbinical seminaries, authored many articles and book chapters, and served as the Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics in Philadelphia. 
     Today, she is Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley in Lowell, MA, where she lives with her two daughters, directing much of her work to issues of inclusion and interfaith relations. 

Rabbi Dawn Rose, PhD

 

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