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xxxxx Rabbi Dubowe Featured in the Jewish Journal - A deaf rabbi who listens
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Julie Bien. Posted September 3, 2013

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.


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xxxxx TAE featured in Tribe Magazine - Chanukah: The musical
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Ryan E. Smith. Posted November 18, 2011

There are many ways to tell the story of Chanukah. Tap dancing is not usually one of them. “I don’t know of any other congregation on the planet where both rabbis and their cantor are doing a tap number together,” said Cantor David Shukiar of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks.


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xxxxx TAE featured in Tribe Magazine - Sacred Spaces
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Jonah Lowenfeld Posted August 19, 2011

Ever catch yourself on Rosh Hashanah flipping through the remaining pages of the prayer book, mentally calculating how much longer you’ll be there? How about counting the number of tiles in the ceiling? To pray, an individual has to push his thoughts beyond mere material things, which is why thoughtful architects and designers often try to shape synagogues in a way that’s meant to be pleasing but not distracting.


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Helene Oppenheimer Artistic Touch: Sculptor finds signs of inspiration
Ventura County Star Submitted By Nicole D'Amore Posted August 11, 2011

Helene Oppenheimer's sculptures provoke thought. They depict people who are dealing with challenges: sight or hearing impairment, loss, handicaps, being different in one way or another.


"I want my art to touch everybody, not just people who can see and hear," the Agoura Hills artist said. "That is why I choose diversity — people we don't normally see in an art show. There are plenty of skinny white people."

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Temple Adat Elohim Celebrates Purim Palooza
Ventura County Star Submitted by By Kris Sofley on March 15, 2011

“Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks is celebrating Purim Palooza, a weekend full of festivities in observance of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which will include an adults-only Purim Masquerade Party on Saturday, 6-11 p.m.


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Local Resident Named One of ‘50 Most Influential Rabbis’
Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 29, 2010

“The Sisterhood,” the women’s issues blog of the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, recently compiled a list of the 50 most influential women rabbis in America and included Rebecca Dubowe of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks.


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Passover Observation a Celebration of Simplicity
Ventura County Star, March 26, 2010

On Monday, Jews around the world will unite in celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover. This weeklong festival commemorates the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt during the time of the pharaohs.


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Temple Brings Shabbat to Homebound Preschooler
Acorn, October 22, 2009

Every Friday morning at 9:30 the 150 preschool students at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks shout good morning to classmate Jordan Tilles, who cannot come to school.


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Boy Donates More Than 1,000 Books
Acorn, October 15, 2009

Jacob Tobias of Agoura Hills is using his passion for reading to help other children. Jacob, 12, has decided to collect and donate books and dance shoes to children who may otherwise not be able to afford them.


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Temple Adat Elohim Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Acorn, June 5, 2008

Rabbi Ted Riter knows the significance of Temple Adat Elohim's 40th anniversary. After their escape from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, Jews wandered the desert for 40 years before landing in Israel. "I don't want to say we were wandering for 40 years in the Conejo Valley," Riter said, "but we're looking at the Promised Land, to use a biblical metaphor. It's really an exciting time to be here."


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Westlake Youth Donates Wheels to Others
Acorn, February 15, 2007

Skateboarding is such a fun activity for Devin Schneider, a 13-year-old from Westlake Village, that he wants to share it with others. The Lindero Canyon Middle School eighth-grader collected skateboard decks, trucks, wheels and bearings donated by friends, family and local businesses and put together 32 skateboards with plans to donate them. Using his allowance and donations from relatives and friends, and money earned recycling plastic bottles, Devin raised another $300 for supplies needed to finish off the boards.


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Rabbi Challenges People to Grow Spiritually
Acorn, September 13, 2007

Rabbi Ted Riter's journey to becoming Temple Adat Elohim's senior rabbi began as a youth growing up in Texas. That's when he realized he wanted to make the world a better place.


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Deafness No Obstacle for Adat Elohim Rabbi
Acorn, February 2, 2006

Agoura Hills resident Rebecca Dubowe holds the unique distinction of being the only deaf female rabbi in the world. Dubowe, 43, has served as a rabbi at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks since 1997. She and her husband, Michael, 44, and their two daughters, Rachel, 15, and Arielle, 11, have lived in Agoura Hills for three years. “Rebecca has many gifts, and she is wonderful, well rounded rabbi,” said Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim.


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Rabbi Dubowe Wins Woman of the Year Award
Acorn, January 19, 2006

On Saturday the California Association of American Mothers Inc. (CAMI) honored 20 Southern California women as Mothers of the Year at the Moorpark Country Club.


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Temple Sends Ambulances to Israel
Acorn, May 1, 2003

Rabbi Alan Greenbaum had a dream come true Sunday as the congregation donated two specially equipped ambulances to be sent to Israel. Last summer as tensions increased in Israel and violence in the region grew more frequent, Greenbaum approached the congregation with an idea to make an atypical donation.


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