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Tu B-Shevat Celebration - Maryland


Our Way and the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD) hosted "Fascinating Evidence" and
Tu B'Shevat (New Year for Trees) Celebration.

Rabbi David Kastor gave the "Fascinating Evidence" presentation with a Tu B'Shevat celebration

It was held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Silver Spring, MD. Space is limited to 50 people with Kosher refreshments.


Na Lagaat Deafblind Theater: Group Discount tickets to March 25 performance


Nalaga’at Deafblind Theater
“Not by Bread Alone”
Tuesday evening, March 25, 2014
7:30 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566    

Group discount tickets:  $27.30 per person

This performance will have ASL interpretation and supertitles.  Mail your check (payable to “Center for Jewish Education”) to: Mrs. Yael Zelinger Center for Jewish Education 5708 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215

Checks must be received by Friday, February 21, 2014. No exceptions. Tickets will be distributed to purchasers prior to the performance. A bus/van will be arranged for transportation to/from Towson University. All other transportation should be arranged on your own. Questions?  Contact Sheryl Cooper atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Eleven Deafblind actors take the audience on a magical tour of their inner world; the world of darkness, silence, and bread. As the process of breadmaking unfolds on stage (the dough is actually being kneaded, raised and baked), a unique encounter occurs between actors and audience. Together they re-enact memories, recall forgotten dreams and joyful moments and ‘touch’ the spark of Creation present in every one of us.

Nalaga’at Theater is composed of eleven Deafblind actors. A personal interpreter accompanies each actor at rehearsals and on stage. The Nalaga’at Deafblind Acting Ensemble was founded to integrate Deafblind people into the community, promote their needs and aspirations, and provide them with the opportunity to express themselves and to contribute to society.  The show enhances public awareness of the fact that Deafblind people need to be accepted as equal citizens and promotes universal values of solidarity, mutual respect, tolerance and coexistence.

Source: Sheryl Cooper

Job Opening - Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Washington, DC



This position will support the following organizations:
Gallaudet University Hillel - Washington DC
Washington Society of Jewish Deaf - WSJD - Maryland, Virginia and DC.

Gallaudet University Hillel provides the foundation for Jewish campus life. A student's involvement with Hillel is one of the strongest predictors of future Jewish leadership. Each year, hundreds of thousands of college students find community, create Jewish connections and build leadership skills through their local Hillel. Hillel recognizes that college is a natural time for exploration and identity formation, and local Hillel's rely on leadership, motivated students and demonstrated university support to create positive Jewish memories for scores of students.

Washington Society of Jewish Deaf - WSJD offers opportunities for Deaf Jews in Maryland, Virginia and DC to gather and develop a strong sense of Jewish connections. WSJD's primary purpose is to serve the cultural, spiritual, social, and educational needs of the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing community. WSJD also promotes and advocates deaf awareness among the greater Jewish community, including synagogues, community agencies, and schools.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a part time position.

The Spiritual Leader hired by Gallaudet Hillel and WSJD is expected at a minimum to do the following:
Coordinate and work closely with Gallaudet Campus Ministries
Engage and interact with Jewish students at Gallaudet University
Recruit and empower student leadership to build and sustain a Jewish student community
Empower leadership within the deaf Jewish community of WSJD
Conduct Shabbat dinners and discussion
Coordinate and/or lead ASL High Holiday services
Coordinate classes on Jewish history, thoughts, traditions, and theory
Lead events related to holidays such as Hanukkah, Passover, and Israeli Independence day
Develop, create and promote Jewish growth, connection and identity
Serve as a role model in the community
Participate in Gallaudet Hillel and WSJD Board Meetings as a non-voting member
Be a liaison for Gallaudet Hillel, WSJD and the Jewish community
Assist in fund raising efforts
Provide support for lifecycle events as appropriate
Support Taglit-Birthright Israel and/or alternative break programs administration, recruitment, and follow-through. Accompany groups as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors degree
5+ years relevant experience serving the needs of the Jewish community
Fluent in American Sign language
Have an ability to work independently and to collaborate with both professionals and students
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Deep knowledge of Jewish history, life, culture and religion

Rabbinical or cantoral ordination a major plus
Trained educator
Experience as a leader in the Jewish community
Experience as a leader in the Jewish deaf Community
Experience in Hillel leadership
Competencies Necessary: (skills, knowledge and experience)
Possess clear and effective verbal and written communication skills, both in person and via email and VP/phone
Exemplify a leadership style that is collaborative and inclusive
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cultural values of the deaf community
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
Outgoing, motivated, and energetic
Capacity to work both independently and within a team
Program planning expertise
Ability to social network
Demonstrated integrity and reliability
A nuanced understanding of the role of Israel in the Jewish community and an awareness of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies around the topic

Hours: Approximate average hours worked per week: 15 - which may vary depending on the time of the year, vacations, holidays etc.

Salary - $25,000 - $35,000

To apply - Email a cover letter and resume to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Candidates are also invited to prepare a video version of the cover letter and include a link to the video (e.g. via YouTube or Vimeo) in the application email.

Deadline date: Monday, February 24, 2014


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