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Sisters ready to serve others

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 12:01 am

Two former Fort Wayne young women are getting ready to launch careers of service.

Jennifer Anne Gubitz was ordained a rabbi May 6 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and English from Indiana University in Bloomington and a master's degree in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIRR.

Before entering the seminary, she worked for the Religious Action Center and Hillel in Washington, D.C.

Gubitz now will start work as assistant rabbi at Temple Shir Tivka in Wayland, Mass.

Her sister, Leslie Michelle Gubitz, just graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies and biological studies. Leslie plans to join the Teach for America program and teach in St. Louis. She will spend the summer in St. Louis and Chicago attending training before beginning work this fall as a science teacher in the St. Louis school system.

Leslie and Jennifer are the daughters of Jeff and Charlene Gubitz, formerly of Fort Wayne and now residing in Knoxville, Tenn. Jeff, the former executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, left in early 2007 to become executive director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

Before they left Fort Wayne, Charlene Gubitz worked as director of education at Congregation Achduth Vesholom, as a reading interventionist at Irwin Elementary School and as a musical artist-in-residence at Weisser Park Elementary School, Whitney Young Early Childhood Center and other locations.