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.
Welcome to Our Community
A virtual and visual Learning Community making Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful in our own language!
Celebrate holidays, festivals, lifecycle events and more, in-person or virtually near and far.
6-Week Course with Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, "Navigating Numbers: Traveling through the Wilderness". Taught on Sundays, starting January 22 to February 26 from 4 to 5:30 PM EST or 1 to 2:30 PM PST. Free for members, $125 for non-members.
What will we learn in the Book of Numbers, which covers much of our travels during the 40 years we were in the desert?
1. Paradise Lost. Why did we wander the desert? Why didn’t we go straight to Israel? What mistake did the Jews make when they sent the spies?
2. Counting the Tribes. What was the spiritual purpose of conducting a census? And why was the nation divided into tribes? How did these tools of “administration” help strengthen our nation during its journey?
3. Moses as Leader. What is a true leader? Is there room for egalitarianism in Jewish society, and how does it tie in with the role of leaders? What happened when Korach challenged Moses’ seemingly inappropriate and nepotistic leadership?
4. Bilaam’s Blasphemy. Why did Bilaam try to curse the Jewish nation, and what did he overlook? What blessings did we receive from Bilaam? And most curiously, what did Bilaam’s donkey tell him?
5. Pinchas’ War. What did Pinchas do, and how could he do it without approval “from above”? What place does zealotry have in the Jewish tradition? Should we learn from Pinchas in all of our actions?
6. Zlofchad’s Daughters. What did they request from Moses? What can this story teach us about individual rights versus the good of the community? What parallel does this story have with the concept of a city of refuge for murderers?
Check out our events
Learn from Deaf rabbis, leaders, authors, artists and/or entrepreneurs to be Jewish sharing their experiences to inspire you!
Small group themed gatherings and special interest groups of Jewish Deaf of all walks of life meet virtually on monthly basis.
(For example, meet-greet singles, teens and families, mahjong games, Shabbat experiences, and many more)
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors!
Jewish Virtual Learning
Educational modules on Jewish traditions, heritage, and culture in ASL.
🌟 Shabbat at Home
🌟 Jewish Holidays and Festivals
🌟 Jewish Lifecycle events
🌟 Torah Study
🌟 Jewish Spirituality
🌟 Jewish Traditions and History
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