Sacred Seasons: Spiritual Resources for Jewish Elders Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Philadelphia, PA. 2003. Published under her Hebrew name, D’vorah Lee bat-Hanina. Sacred Seasons was a project D’vorah conceived and designed, and for which she co-authored a module. To date, the web site has received over 10,000 visits, and more than 400 communities and healthcare institutions from around the world have ordered the materials.

Co-author of the chapter Judaism” in Doorway Thoughts: Cross-Cultural Health Care for Older Adults. American Geriatrics Society. Boston, MA. 2009 This is an overview of pastoral care issues that often arise for elderly Jewish patients in the North American healthcare setting. This book chapter is based upon D’vorah’s six years’ of experience as a Healthcare Chaplain at Stanford University Medical Center and Clinics.

Welcoming Congregations Checklist In 2010, The Coalition of Welcoming Congregations – San Francisco Bay Area asked D’vorah to create an objective list of characteristics to be found in a truly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex-inclusive (LGBTQI) religious congregation/community. After reviewing the literature and research in this field and then further refining the checklist through personal interviews with clergy and LGBTQI religious community members, this is the resulting checklist. It is an on-going project, so suggestions for the list are welcome.

Teshuva To complete the academic requirements of the ALEPH Rabbinical Program, students are tasked with writing a Responsa, a formal review and adjudication of a pressing legal question within Jewish religious law (“halachah”). Halachah literally means “the way or the path,” ie: the guidelines for how to live a Jewishly-sound life. Students are challenged to consider a contemporary issue with which they know they will be confronted as ordained rabbis. The question D’vorah chose to consider was whether it is acceptable within Jewish law to officiate a Jewish wedding on the Jewish Sabbath, a practice which the Halachah traditionally rejects.

Same-Gendered Ketubah  In Jewish law, the traditional engagement and wedding process includes legally-binding contractual agreements in which the woman becomes, more or less, the property of the man.  Over the past two generations, this process has undergone significant transformation throughout much of the Jewish heterosexual world, becoming truly egalitarian in many instances.  Now that many Jewish communities in the United States support and celebrate same-gendered marriages, the engagement and marriage process is being transformed yet again.  At issue for some same-gendered couples is the desire to embrace the traditional process, but in a way that conceptually makes sense for the same-gendered status of the couple.  This document describes one such effort.


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