Deadline Extension

Important—please read.

After we announced position openings on March 7, five (5) people applied for Member at Large, one (1) person applied for treasurer, and no one has applied for Secretary or Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee. Fortunately, a goodwill person stepped up to lead the Conference Planning Committee as a chairperson.

The current vacant positions are as follows: Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at-Large. In an important effort to revamp and shift our organization towards a common vision, we hope that a seasoned volunteer with knowledge to find within its heart and volunteer to lead the Bylaws Committee.

As we’re approaching the deadline for the board fill-in, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to April 7 at 11:59 pm. If you’re interested in applying for a board seat, please fill out the form: In the event no one is interested in filling the board, we’re left with no choice but to dissolve the organization and distribute the funds upon the board vote.

At this point, if you ask what you can do? We need YOU to step up and apply for a board seat. If you’re unable to fill in the board, please consider helping to recruit candidates and inform them about position openings. We only have 179 active contacts in our database, and several hundreds of likes on our Facebook page. If you know someone who couldn’t or were unable to receive our weekly update, please instruct them to sign up via

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you have a wonderful day, and may everything work in your favor this week.


Executive Board
Jewish Deaf Congress

How did the NCJD dissolve?

National Congress of Jewish Deaf was organized and incorporated as 501c4 in 1956 that was not known to many of us.

During my presidency (1986-1990), we decided to approach the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) for a possible funding to expand NCJD including a paid position. We had a good discussion. CJF asked us if NCJD was 501c3 or not. We assumed it was 501c3 and asked Alexander Fleischman, then Executive Secretary to find the incorporation paper or letter from IRS. Unfortunately we could not find it. He contacted IRS to verify the tax exempt. That’s where we learned that NCJD was classified as a non-profit 501c4 organization.

We applied to IRS for 501c3 status. This required all documents including financial reports since 1956. Unfortunately, NCJD missed many reports. Our application was flatly rejected.

This led us to form new organization with 501c3 status that would give us a transition from NCJD in 1992. Alan Hurwitz, NCJD Vice-President knew and contacted the lawyer specializing in Non-Profit Organizations (NPO). The lawyer assisted us with new articles of incorporation and bylaws, and filed the paperwork with the State of Wyoming and IRS. JDC was incorporated in the State of Wyoming because of low fees. IRS approved new organization named “Jewish Deaf Congress” and granted 501c3.

NCJD was dissolved in 1998.

I served on the JDC Board as Vice-President and President respectfully until 2005. I retired after 21 years of serving as an officer of NCJD and JDC.

Submitted by

Martin Florsheim Ed.D.

P.S. The board positions remain open. For more information, visit Shabbat shalom!

Happy Super Tuesday!


We would like to express our gratitude for Steve Brenner’s immeasurable efforts in taking photos throughout the conference in 2013. Note, it may not work on mobile devices. Visit the link to view the pictures:

FRIENDLY-REMINDER — the board is still seeking applicants to fill the opening positions and if you’re interested, please fill out the form: Should you have any further questions, please do not contact us at Happy Super Tuesday!

Important— please read.


Following the board meeting, we created a plan of action to address the situation. Here are four steps to ensure that our organization remains operational and intact for the present and future:

Step 1. Fill the board by March 31
Step 2. Appoint chairperson with board approval by April 1
Step 3. Review the chairperson’s volunteer list for board approval by April 8
Step 4. Plan of Action begins

The purpose of this plan is to prevent such situation from reoccurring in the future. Thus, it is necessary to put together a group of knowledgeable people with appropriate skills to revisit issues and present a set of solutions to ensure the organization remains operational throughout the future.

We will be taking nominations to fill up all the open board positions until they are all filled up. In the event we are unable to fill up the entire board by March 31, the Jewish Deaf Congress shall be dissolved and funds will be distributed to 501(c)3 organization upon the board vote. The current vacant positions are as follows: Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large. We’re also looking for two chairpersons to lead the Policy & Bylaws Committee and the Conference Planning Committee.

If you’re interested in serving the board, or becoming a chairperson, please fill out the form no later than March 29, 2016. Important to note that we are seeking to fill the board with volunteers who are committed to performing duties and the committees cannot function until the board gets filled. To learn about each position and fill out the form, please visit the link:

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us:

Meeting Minutes

Hi all –

For those who are interested to learn about our recent meeting, please visit the links below for a copy of meeting minutes and the second link for a PowerPoint Presentation. More important information will be shared this week.

Meeting Minutes

PowerPoint Presentation

Should you have any further questions, please contact the President, Jacob Salem, at

General Assembly

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Jewish Deaf Congress are having a general meeting to determine what steps must be taken – and we’d like you to come along. We will be giving a presentation on the history behind our organization to get the conversation flowing.

The presentation will touch on former and current challenges throughout the years, leadership transitions, limited resources, financial issues, and so much more.

We know it can be a daunting topic, and it’s tricky knowing where to begin. Identifying various issues and understanding how each one impact us is a great start. Ultimately, we decide the final outcome of the organization’s future together.

There’ll be plenty of time for questions and conversations following the meeting. So come on down to get a better grasp of the organization’s current situation.

In order to accommodate those who wish to participate in this meeting, please RSVP. If you require reasonable accommodations for the meeting, please let us know by Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

P.S. We will provide a light breakfast of bagels and juices on a first come, first served basis.

P.S.S. We’re exploring options to keep the non-participants informed regarding the meeting, so please bear with us.