Jewish Resources for the Deaf- Maryland

JADE, Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education of the CJE of Baltimore, is a network of Jewish deaf adults, parents of deaf children, interpreters and advocates who endeavor to enrich the Jewish education of the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing community. The goals of JADE are to raise the community’s level of awareness of the needs of the Jewish deaf community within Baltimore’s larger Jewish community; to support local Jewish schools who have deaf parents among their parent body; and to encourage the participation of the Jewish deaf community in religious life. JADE also maintains a list of Interpreted Services in the Baltimore-Washington Area for weekly Shabbat services and a contact list of competent interpreters.
Contact: Yael Zelinger
[email protected]
410-735-5023 (voice)
410-735-5003 (TTY)
Gallaudet University Hillel is the place on campus where deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing Jewish students can freely explore and express their Jewish identity without any communication barriers. As a member of Gallaudet’s Office of Campus Ministries, Gallaudet Hillel provides Jewish students with the opportunity to celebrate Jewish religious life both on campus and as members of the Metro Washington Jewish community. They experience Jewish culture through Israeli movie nights, Israeli dancing, guest lecturers, and trips to local Jewish community events. They hone their leadership skills by attending regional and national conferences for Jewish college students. Gallaudet Hillel also enjoys strong support from the Washington Jewish Deaf Community.
Contact: Paula Tucker
[email protected]
202-651-5049 (voice/videophone)

Jewish Deaf Congress is a national organization with quarterly newsletters, and a national conference every two years.
Contact: Marla Berkowitz, President
[email protected]

Washington Society of Jewish Deaf publishes a newsletter, an e-mail announcement list, and holds High Holiday services and other events.
Contact: Steve Brenner
[email protected]
301-762-4845 TTY

Havurah Group for Deaf Families sends e-mail announcements and has quarterly holiday parties. This group is run exclusively by e-mail.
Contact: Steve Brenner
[email protected]

Our Way of Maryland holds a variety of monthly activities in Metro area (Baltimore, Washington, DC and Virginia). It involves Torah education, social and religious services and Shabbatons.
Contact: Rabbi David Kastor
[email protected]
410-580-1353 TTY
410-580-1354 VP, Fax

Baltimore Jewish Deaf Society holds business meetings, High Holiday services and Passover Seder.
Contact: Louis Greenberg
410-358-9273 TTY

Jewish Interpreter Network ??? an informal network of over 50 Jewish interpreters, who refer interpreter requests to one another. You can type up your request (date, time, location, nature of the event, whether agency is able to pay for the service, contact person, phone, e-mail) and e-mail it to Lore. She will forward it to the list. Two-week notice is suggested as it is very difficult to locate an interpreter at the last minute. Requests of more than two hours would require two interpreters.
Contact: Lore Rosenthal
[email protected]

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) holds a deaf teen therapy group, deaf parenting network and a deaf adult support group.
Contact: Liz Katz, [email protected]
Linda Myers, [email protected]
301-838-4200 (voice)
301-309-2597 (TTY)

Jewish Employment and Career Services offers the SEPHI and Supported Employment Programs for the Hearing Impaired.
Contact: Janel Kisner
[email protected]
301-610-8350 (TTY)
301-309-2597 (Main TTY number)



Jewish Resources for the Deaf- Maryland