An Biblical Deborah and Two UJUC Deborahs Bring a Unique Female Power to Modern Jews

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The Union of Jewish Universalist Rabbis is proud of its two Deborahs, who like their Biblical ancestor Deborah, bring knowledge and wisdom to the Jews of today.

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"Today's Judaism is evolving and Jewish Universalism is a movement that is inclusive and welcoming to all Jews and their interfaith partners."

Deborah was a prophet of the Israelites in the Bible (Judges: Chapters 4 & 5) and the only female judge mentioned there. Quite the ancient feminist and power broker. The Union of Jewish Universalist Communities is proud of its two Rabbi Deborahs, both of whom live in the vibrant communities that surround the Nation's Capitol. They too, bring knowledge, resources and a unique perspective to the modern Jewish world.

Rabbi Deborah Reichmannn, also trained as an attorney, is the go to Rabbi for Jewish and interfaith weddings in the DC metropolitan area. She has provided content and opinion pieces to the local press helping define what UJUC represents to the world and the philosophy and resources that this new Jewish movement provides.

Rabbi Deborah McKenzie has a full time job as a scientist, another brilliant mind serving the nation and her community, and as a Rabbi leads Ma'ariv services weekly for Sim Shalom, a founding synagogue of UJUC as well as broadcasting weekly, Jewish How To Tuesdays live on the Sim Shalom Facebook page as part of Jewish Universalist TV. (JUtv) weekly offerings.

Read more about them at UJUC>our Rabbis. https://ujuc.org/our-rabbis/

Rabbi Steven Blane, a founder of the UJUC and Founder and Dean of Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute (JSLI) where Reichmann and McKenzie received Semicha, notes that, "Today's Judaism is evolving and Jewish Universalism is a movement that is inclusive and welcoming to all Jews and their interfaith partners."

About Sim Shalom and UJUC

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue, which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Founded by Rabbi Steve Blane, Sim Shalom provides accessible and short services every weeknight and Shabbat and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, and conversion and life cycle ceremonies.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Spiritual Leader’s Institute, http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program.

Sim Shalom and Rabbi Blane are one of the Founding communities of the Union of Jewish Universalist communities. For more information call 201-338-0165.

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