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Deborah Rubenstein

Title: Author and Tutor, Policy and Program Development, Research and Evaluation
Location: Manassas, Virgina, United States

Deborah Bass Rubenstein, self-employed author, tutor, and consultant has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and activism.

Ms. Bass Rubenstein’s journey in social work and community activism is marked by resilience, determination, and a profound commitment to fostering equality and positive change. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with both a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work. To complete her Master’s degree, Ms. Bass Rubenstein became even more dedicated through her internship at the National Association of Social Workers. This laid the foundation for her career with a deep understanding of social work principles and a passion for advocating for marginalized communities.

Ms. Bass Rubenstein’s career spans various roles, beginning with a year helping abused and neglected children and youth in the District of Columbia in child protective services, followed by her tenure at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she served in diverse capacities from 1975 to 1990. She then became a consultant in health and human services working with varied public and private entities and universities, including academic institutions like Howard University and the Catholic University of America. Her dedication to the field of social work is further evidenced by her role as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Bass Rubenstein was a speaker for the Dartmouth College Hood Center for Children and Families, with her paper later becoming a chapter in a book. She also travelled to train hospital social workers in Hawaii.

Besides her professional endeavors, Ms. Bass Rubenstein is a passionate advocate for community engagement and activism. As a Unity in the Community co-founder in 1995, she has been instrumental in establishing a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing instances of hate and discrimination within her community. In her synagogue, she established a successful book club focused on historical literature that foster meaningful dialogue about the Jewish experience in different communities and countries with other majority and minority groups. As part of Unity in the Community and Congregation Ner Shalom, she was instrumental in producing impactful shows and plays that promote understanding among the diverse groups in her community.

Ms. Rubenstein attributes her success to her unwavering commitment to equality and justice, fueled by personal encounters with adversity and discrimination. Looking ahead, Ms. Rubenstein envisions dedicating time to family and nurturing the revival of Unity for the Community. She also aspires to delve into another book project focused on caregiving dynamics, drawing inspiration from her son’s experiences and the wealth of knowledge acquired over her extensive career.

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