SOCIAL ACTION

Social Action in Action 

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Rabbi Rose Durbin

Rabbi Rose Durbin ("Rabbi Rose") grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, where she learned the value of authentic friendliness and inclusion in forming meaningful Jewish community. Rabbi Rose took the mitzvah "love the stranger, for you were once strangers" to heart from an early age. She has always prioritized tikkun olam (healing our world) and tzedakah as an essential part of her Jewish identity, beginning by serving as a unit head at Camp Jenny during her youth group days. She continued volunteering regularly throughout her time at Brown University, mentoring a local student as a "big sister" each week. During her her rabbinical student days in New York (as a classmate of Rabbi Yaron!), she served as an educator at the weekly HUC Soup Kitchen, and she helped build latrines in Senegal as part of an AJWS delegation.


Following her ordination, she became the rabbi of historic Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville, NY, and empowered the community to begin volunteering at local soup kitchens. Rabbi Rose has extensive leadership experience working with young adults, most recently serving for five years as the Campus Rabbi for Florida Atlantic University Hillel, where she taught classes such as "Civic Involvement and Activism: a Jewish obligation," and led several "Mitzvote" campaigns encouraging students to vote. Her favorite effort towards tikkun olam has been dancing as a "Martin County Star" in front of 600 people while 6 months pregnant, and raising $15,000 for prenatal care in Martin County. These days, you can find Rabbi Rose reguarly calling her elected officials and asking them to ban assault rifles and provide safe reproductive care and anti-Racism education in public schools. Rabbi Rose lives in Palm City with her husband, Rabbi Matthew Durbin (Temple Beit HaYam), their opinionated and spirited daughters, Delilah, Maya and Ellie, and energetic goldendoodle Ruby. In her free time, she is a voracious reader, rollerblader, new Peloton rider, and binge watcher of the Bachelorette, Schitt's Creek, and everything non-violent that's trending on Netflix. Rabbi Rose is very happy to be back at Temple Judea to work with this amazing community and inspiring profesional team!

Each year, Temple Judea looks for ways to serve our community and engage in true Tikkun Olam.  There are opportunities for all ages.  Contact Rabbi Rose at rose@gotj.org or call the office at 561-624-4633.

Upcoming Events:

High Holy Day Food Drive

Bring your non-perishable items on Yom Kippur to support the Palm Beach County Food Bank

Paint Your Heart Out, Palm Beach County

Saturday, October 8   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Paint Your Heart Out, Palm Beach County is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that aids the elderly, disabled and low-income families with children.. 

Feeding Hope Village

Wednesday, November 2   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to distribute meals

Faith Deliverance Church & Feeding Hope Village Food Pantry, 3437 Avenue O, Riviera Beach

Palm Beach County Food Bank Packing

Tuesday, December 6   9:00 a.m. 

Work as a team to stuff backpacks delivered to hundred of hungry children each week. 

Volunteers need to be able to stand for 2 hours. 

A year of giving back…..

 

Help Feed the Hungry

Sandwiches for St. George Food Kitchen

 

High Holy Day Food Drive

Bring your non-perishable items on Yom Kippur to support the Palm Beach County Food Bank

 

Pack Food at the Palm Beach County Food Bank

 

Food Packing for Haiti with St. Mark’s Church  

 

Gleaning with Cros Ministries – A Family Event

 Help Care for the Caregiver

Quantum House, a home supporting families whose children are in critical condition at St. Mary’s hospital

 

Help Enrich a Child's Life

Support literacy. Read to children at Jupiter Elementary.

 

December Toy Drive for children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

 

Blankets of Love – Knit or Crochet a blanket for children in need – donated to either St. Mary’s Hospital or Harmony House Home for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

For questions about programs and how you can get involved, call the temple office at 561-624-4633. 

Chair: Rabbi Rose Durbin

"Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world." - Talmud