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A Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah Journey Program in ASL

Welcome to our enriching and inclusive Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah program, specially tailored for families within the Deaf community. Join us on a transformative journey where JDC invites you to explore the beauty and significance of Jewish traditions, culture, and language. Our program, facilitated by the Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC), ensures an accessible and meaningful experience through American Sign Language (ASL) taught by talented Deaf instructors who use ASL.

Hillel Goldberg

Jewish Program Coordinator and Instructor

With a profound passion for sharing Jewish traditions and many years of expertise in Jewish education, Hillel Goldberg will be your guiding light throughout this journey. Discover the essence of Judaism, delve into the rich history, and embrace the privileges and responsibilities of reaching the Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah milestone. Hillel's expertise will lead you to a deeper understanding of Jewish holidays, traditions, and the significance of the Torah and Commandments. (10 Sessions)

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Daniel Israilov

Hebrew & Israeli Sign Language Instructor

With keen attention to detail and a mastery of Visual Vernacular, Daniel Israilov will be your guide in exploring Hebrew and Israeli Sign Language (ISL). Born in Kazakhstan and nurtured artistically in New York, Daniel brings a rich cultural tapestry to his teaching. His expertise in multiple languages and storytelling techniques will deepen your understanding of Jewish texts and prayers through Hebrew, while his captivating use of ISL will enrich your connection to Jewish customs. Experience the power of language and expression in this transformative journey. (10 Sessions)

Duration & Format

You and your family will Immerse yourselves in this unforgettable experience of a comprehensive and engaging journey into Jewish traditions spanning a total of 20 classes awaiting you, packed with knowledge, connection, and growth, each conducted once a week for an hour. Our online platform, Zoom, allows you to participate from the comfort of your home or preferred location, promoting convenience and flexibility for you, your family, and Deaf instructors.

Program Schedule

Mark your calendars and get ready to embark on this transformative experience. Our program will run a total of 10 classes with Hillel Goldberg:

Program Fee: $1000

Our mission is to make this life-changing experience accessible to all. The program fee of $1,000 ensures that participants receive friendly conduct in ASL of Judaic education and guidance throughout this extraordinary journey.

(Financial installment or limited scholarship is available, contact us for details.)

Topics Covered

Mitzvah Ceremony Planning Sessions with Families

We understand the significance of the Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah ceremony for every family. As part of our program, we offer two sessions for parents and child/children to actively participate in shaping the vision and personalization of the Mitzvah ceremony. These sessions will be scheduled after the completion of the 20 classes, providing ample time for reflection and collaboration.


The Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah

After completing the 20 classes, you will have gained a profound understanding of Jewish traditions and culture. Our program culminates with the joyous Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, where each participant will demonstrate their newfound knowledge and understanding of Judaism. Deliver a heartfelt sermon and potentially read from the Torah using ASL, symbolizing your child/children’s transition into Jewish adulthood.

Join Us Today!
Limited Space! Deadline by September 1, 2023

Let’s create something extraordinary together

Embrace this extraordinary opportunity to celebrate your Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah in a truly inclusive and meaningful way. Reserve your spot now and become a part of this remarkable journey into the heart of Jewish traditions and culture.

For inquiries and registration, please email JDC’s Program Director, [email protected]