JDC Leadership & Resource Center Programs and Projects

JDC, a non-profit organization, was established in 1956 to inspire Jewish Deaf people, families, allies, and professionals with full access to spirituality, traditions, culture, and social heritage of Judaism through the use of American Sign Language (ASL).

Brought to you by the Jewish Deaf Proud Campaign!

The JDC’s mission and goals focus on tikkun olam (improving the world) through education, enlightenment, and engagement. JDC utilizes technology such as Zoom for live ASL Shabbat Services and presentations on Jewish history and rituals. The response has been terrific; we now need funds to develop more much-needed programs and outreach resources using ASL and technology.  This includes the Spotlight Series featuring Jewish Deaf leaders, authors, rabbis, and others, as role models for kids and families, and bar/bat mitzvahs in ASL. 

For too long, Jewish Deaf children grew up not understanding their rich Jewish heritage or Deaf Culture, due to a lack of visual access through American Sign Language and a lack of connections to Deaf leaders knowledgeable about Judaism. Consequently, many Jewish Deaf adults are marginalized and lack understanding, information, spiritual guidance, and a sense of identity.  Now, more than ever before, they need access to their Jewish history, heritage, and traditions, the Deaf way!

Six Fundraising Goals

Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) is committed to enhancing the Jewish Deaf experience with educational and spiritual programs and technology. Jewish Deaf people and families want to access their rich heritage via American Sign Language. JDC needs funds to create videos of stories, traditions, and prayers, ensure access to Zoom services with interpreters and captions for families, upgrade its website with more resources and videos, and advocate and support local Jewish Deaf groups.

Donors will be recognized in the following categories:

  • Tree of Life — $5,400
  • Eternal Flame of Light — $2,520
  • Kingdom of Judah — $1,080
  • Star of David — $540
  • Double 18×18 Chai — $324
  • Chai — $108
  • Mench – up to $107

  • The donation levels and amounts are in multiples of Chai or $18.00.

Your donation of any amount will be gratefully appreciated and used to make the JDC flame light up many more lives, homes, synagogues, and communities. The bigger your donation, the brighter the JDC flame.

The following are examples of how your donation will be used:

Support Virtual ASL Shabbat Services.
Create educational and spiritual modules for families, homes and communities.
Create ASL videos on Jewish holidays, prayers, traditions, stories and rituals.
Do zoom holiday celebrations, panels and weekly Torah discussion groups.
Strengthen community Jewish Deaf organizations and groups via social/spiritual networking and services.
Thank you for your support!!!