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Disability and Inclusion Shabbat

Friday, February 10, 2023 19 Shevat 5783

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Disability and Inclusion Shabbat Weekend

Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11
Agudas Achim's Disability and Inclusion Committee invites you to join Agudas Achim for its 6th annual Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month Shabbat. This year, we are bringing awareness and attention to hearing-impaired, hard-of-hearing, and d/Deaf people within the Jewish community.
On Friday night, Agudas Achim member Adrian Marcos will be our Kabbalat Shabbat speaker. Adrian will speak about their experiences as a hard-of-hearing Jew and the ways that we "hear" Torah even without our ears. On Saturday morning, Rachel Dubin, a profoundly deaf woman, will give a speech during Shabbat Services titled We Are All Created B'tselem Elohim: My Experiences as a Deaf Woman in the Jewish Community. 

About This Year's Speakers

Adrian Marcos (they/them)
Adrian Marcos is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant here at Agudas Achim. They hold a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus in Biology, English, and Religious Studies from San Diego State University. In addition to their work at Agudas Achim, Adrian is currently auditing courses at Hebrew Seminary, a non-denominational rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Douglas Goldhammer z"l as the first rabbinical school for the deaf. They speak and read Spanish and are slowly improving their Hebrew and ASL comprehension.
Adrian has a moderate hearing loss in both ears and hears with the assistance of hearing aids.  
Rachel Dubin
Rachel Dubin is the Research and Data Analyst for the U.S. House Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Previously, she was a senior Research Associate at the Institute of Defense Analysis, a federally funded research and development center here in Alexandria, VA. She holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a BA with Distinction and Honors in Political Science with Russian language from Goucher College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and speaks, reads, and writes Russian and French. At age 11, Rachel testified before Congress in support of funding for deafness research. She has provided testimony to the Maryland State Legislature and the Council of the District of Columbia on deafness-related issues, and is often called upon to review accessibility accommodations for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Rachel became profoundly deaf at age 5 and hears with the aid of cochlear implants, which she received as an adult.
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