About JDCC

 

First organized in 1992 as “Creative Services Group”, an outreach group in Southern California, JDCC expanded its mission in August 1994 when it was renamed Jewish Deaf Community Center, a non-profit organization which now receives an overwhelming number of inquiries and requests nationwide. JDCC exists exclusively for educational, religious, and charitable purposes and does not charge any membership fees.

JDCC promotes individual growth, social awareness, productivity and equality, by empowering deaf and hard of hearing persons to be full participants in the Jewish community at large. The JDCC Board of Directors is composed of persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing. JDCC relies on grants, subsidized program revenues and contributions to underwrite all its program activities.

We invite Rabbis from different Judaism branches. We accept and respect all Jewish deaf people regardless of which branch of Judaism, whether it is Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or Reconstructionist. JDCC also assists in bris and funerals when requested. JDCC is not associated with the Jewish Community Center in any way.

In the past, JDCC hosted numerous programming and social events including lecture series, international kosher dinners, and community services including Havurah for singles, teens, and families. Cultural activities have involved tours to the Museum of Tolerance and My Jewish Discovery Museum. JDCC also provided religious programming through High Holidays services in American Sign Language as well as Passover Community Seder.

Jewish Deaf News Resources Now On the Internet
Finding that the primary means of keeping Jewish deaf people in touch with Judaism and JDCC activities was through the JDCC News, a publication reporting on the Jewish Deaf community that JDCC printed and distributed six times a year throughout the United States and abroad, JDCC decided to go