Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) functions as an inclusive and accessible Jewish Deaf national organization, network and resource center, rooted in Judaism and Deaf experiences, cultures and values of lifelong Jewish learning to discover, connect and flourish.
*Deaf includes Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened individuals and their families.
Deaf people of all ages and their families, rabbis, synagogue lay leaders, and service providers, wishing to learn about and engage in Jewish beliefs, practices, and heritages of modern Judaism.
We aim to uplift and inspire Deaf people with meaningful learning and connections, and to enrich spiritual lives through discovery and exploration of Judaism.
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Celebrate holidays, festivals, lifecycle events and more, in-person or virtually near and far.
JDC L’Chaim Learning will be hosting a virtual lecture through Zoom titled “An Overview of Kabbalah- What is it?” with Rav Ellen Roth
Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PST
Fee: Members-Free / Non-Member $20
Where: Online- Zoom
Rav Ellen Roth studied Kabbalah and will share an overview of Kabbalah of the past and present.
Lecture highlights include:
What is kabbalah all about? It is a spiritual practice inextricably integrated into Jewish law, ritual, prayer, and study.
An opportunity to take a closer look at Jewish mystical brief history, including key concepts of Tikkun, receiving, and everything of the best.
The ten fundamental forces that sustain the world, the four worlds the Kabbalists live in simultaneously, the three daily tasks of the Kabbalist, and 39 different ways not to work on the Sabbath, and how to imagine an unimaginable God while praying.
Plus recognizing the power of magic and language. How to do [and undo] things with words.
The Kabbalah Life — activities, celebrations, and rituals.
The Essential Skills of the Kabbalist — a study of the holy books of Kabbalah, recitation of daily prayers, and a view of God known to believers as the Infinite One.
You will learn more about current practitioners participating in Tikkun Olam and the journey of the human soul. It will also include a brief historical sound bite on — interesting lists of people, places, and myths related to Kabbalah.
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About our presenter: About our presenter: Rav Ellen Roth, ordained in 2010, is a marriage officiant known nationwide, a certified deaf interpreter and translator [private practice writing services], avid alpine skiing, and is crazy about french toy poodles and small cats. Her diet incorporates veganism and yoga in daily practices.
A virtual lecture through Zoom about Jewish Beginnings with Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, Executive Director of Chushim Ben Dan, and the Jewish Deaf Foundation in Israel hosted by JDC L’Chaim Learning.
Date: Sundays, January 23 to February 27, 2022 (6-week class)
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
Fee: Members-Free / Non-Member $125
Where: Online- Zoom
If you always felt unclear about how the Jewish faith came into being, or want to brush up on your Sunday School knowledge, this is the course for you.
In this course you will learn:
How did the Jewish people first come into being?
Who are our forefathers and the foremothers?
What are their characteristics, and what famous stories are told about them?
Who are all these biblical characters that makeup Abraham’s family?
What challenges did our forefathers and foremothers face in their days, and why did the Torah choose to preserve these stories for us?
What are the common misconceptions and unknown facts about the origins of the Jewish people?
The workshop will be presented by Rabbi Yehoshua, who grew up in sunny Los Angeles, currently lives in the just-as-sunny Holy Land with his wife Cheftziba and their newest addition, Baila. After graduating from the world’s only yeshiva high school for deaf and hard of hearing boys in Toronto, Canada, he received his rabbinical ordination in Brooklyn. He and his wife are also the official Chabad emissaries for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, and their many projects - from summer camp to Shabbat retreats and Chanukah celebrations to online classes - touch the lives of many deaf and hard of hearing Jews around the globe.
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