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JDCC Turns Five!

Would you believe it that JDCC is approaching its fifth anniversary already! In taking a look back to when the group first started under the name, Creative Services Group. The first event was Rosh Hashana on September , 1992 with 16 guests.

Some of JDCC News readers may have wondered what led me to launch this organization. I grew up in Santa Monica and being observant on High Holidays, there was no service accessible to Jewish Deaf people where you could walk to Temple and eat kosher food. In my case, I would fly to New York every year to attend services at Brooklyn Hebrew Society of the Deaf. I would stay at Eileen & Fred Katz's house as.they lived within walking distance and kept kosher. They would kindly accomodate several families at their house during the holidays. Rabbi Fred Friedman, a deaf Orthodox Rabbi conducted services in sign language during both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.


Deaf Jews In Sports

Does Not Know When to Say Out

image Brad Cohen, now a graduate of California School for the Deaf at Riverside, was featured in the September/October 1996 issue of Jewish Deaf Community Center newsletter.

He was just coming off the baseball tryouts at the Deaf Sports Festival where he made the team in the development group, and was ready to get into his football licks at Riverside.

How did his senior season pan out? Not quite the way he had hoped it would be but it wasn't exactly a dull moment for him -yes, a season of ups and downs but not unexciting.

In football, Brad had the misfortune of playing for one of the worst Riverside teams in memory - he played his heart out as defensive back and as combination running back/wide receiver as his team eked out just one win, a 8-6 victory in overtime and losing 46-12 to the much-hated Fremont team. As Brad didn't like the way the coach was directing the team he did not hesitate to speak his mind - for this he paid the ultimate price, a seat on the bench for one game before being restored in good graces. The season left his body badly aching and bruised.


Jewish Deaf Profile


It's Not A Trivia Question
A quick series of deaf trivia questions is in order.

Question: How many superintendents and heads of residential schools for the deaf are deaf?

Answer: Eighteen at the latest count


Young Adults Corner



Martin Stone is a 21 year old freshman at the University of Rochester in New York. From April 14th to 28th of 1996, Martin went on "The March of the Living"; a trip to Poland and Israel, sponsored by the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education in Philadelphia.

LK: What compelled you to go to Israel and Poland?
MS: I first went on a family trip to Israel back in 1994 and it changed my life. I discovered the value of my religion there and I appreciated it even more. Also, I became prouder to be Jewish. The March of the Living gave me the opportunity to return. Also, I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust. Growing up, my parents always told me about it and provided me books to read about the Holocaust, and I wanted to see the real thing for myself.