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Rabbi David Rabeeya, Ph.D.


Progressive rabbi

Life cycle services

Unique and individual attention

Call Rabbi David Rabeeya, Ph.D.


Dear Friend,


    I would like to inform you of the services I am able to perform as a rabbi.  I am able to officiate Jewish marriage ceremonies.  My vast experience in Jewish education as well as my strong academic background along with my humanistic approach makes every ceremony I perform unique and individual.

    I am also available for learning, tutoring, spiritual counseling and performing life cycle events.  As a professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies for 30 years at Bryn Mawr College, I bring a wealth of knowledge and spiritual depth to Jewish rituals, observances and customs.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time that you feel I can be of assistance to you.

With blessing and Shalom,

Rabbi David Rabeeya, Ph.D.



September 1996

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    The search for meaning in individual life is a continuous process in which demands both constant self-examination as well as intellectual development through study and learning.  Emotional and intellectual nourishment can partly offer a rationale for our existence on this earth.  After forty years of teaching Judaic Studies at elementary, high school and college levels, I begin the process of preparation toward my own rabbinic degree.

My acedemic discipline in the areas of Hebrew language and literature, Jewish history and religion at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as my long commitment and decotion to prepare informed students in those areas have enriched me spiritually; not only on an academic level but also on a human level. Thousands of my students have heard my voice in formal classes and personal discussions, in temples, synagogues and churhces throughout America and Israel.

As a Sephardic Jew, born in Baghdad, Iraq, I am proud of my unique religious and cultural heritage. I was able, through years of learning and teaching, to bring my unique perspective of Jewish heritage into the lives of many individuals and groups. My unique Judeo-Arabic cultural milieu has resulted in tolerance, understanding and sympathy toward the sacred right of each individual as well as an uncompromising opposition to racism, sexism, homohobia and anti-Semitism.

In addition, my Sephardic heritage brought me into contact with many Muslim and Christian Communities to form a dialogue of equals between all monotheistic religions. My study of other faiths and practices (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Shinto and others) has enriched me tremendously and assisted me in establishing respect and reverance to all religions. Irrational, misinformed and prejudical concepts have to be removed from our common human dictionary.

My experience as a minority member in the Jewish community worldwide brought me to appreciate the cultural, religious, social and psycological challenges presented to me by growing up and living in three rich cultures (Iraq, Israel and America). These incredible challenges have strenghtened my determination to utilize my personal pain, difficulties, tragedies and victories to assist me in doing so, and concluded with progressive thoughts and attitudes towards people of different ethnic, racial, cultural, religious and sexual orientation.

My life is now taking yet anothe new spiritual dimension. After intensive study in the seminary, I recieved my ordination (Semicha) from Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Ph.D., the president of The New Seminary, The Modern Rabbi Program, together with Roger Ross and Rabbi Bogage. Now I accept the title of a Rabbi with great humility and reverance, and I wish to share this wonderful moment of Joy with my vast family here and in Israel, and my friends, colleagues and students. I wish to share this joyous news with you in order to celebrate life despite its many unexpectsd deviations. May God bless all people with health, spirituality and strength.

With love and light,
Rabbi David Rabeeya, Ph.D.