Rabbi Darby Leigh will begin his tenure as a leader of a synagogue in Concord, Massachusetts on August 1, 2013. Leigh is profoundly deaf and will become the second deaf rabbi to lead a congregation in America. The congregation is at Kerem Shalom.
The first deaf rabbi of a hearing congregation was Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe in Thousand Oaks, California.
Dubowe does not think this would open up more opportunities for Deaf individuals who wish to pursue in this field. She wrote in an email to TabletMag.com, "Many Jewish deaf people are not associated with the Jewish community because of the lack of accessibility. Most deaf people tend to be a part of the greater deaf community, because they share a common language and there are no barriers."