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Evelyn Lipshutz Zola

"America's First Lady of Deaf Senior Citizens"
May 21, 1924 - November 10, 2003

Evelyn passed away peacefully at her home in Concord. She was born in Chicago and lived in Milwaukee for many years before moving to Concord in 1987. Evelyn worked as a Sign Language teacher for more than 30 years before retiring last year. She started at the University of Wisconsin and then at St. John's School for the Deaf. After moving to California, she taught at Martinez Adult School and at Contra Costa Community College. She was inducted in the Jewish Deaf Congress Hall of Fame in 1994. She was very active with the Deaf Community at large and was chairperson of several Senior Citizens Special Interest Groups. A videotape of her stories and reminiscences -- "Fingers That Tickle and Delight" was made in 1994. She was preceded in death by her husband Philip Zola in 1991.


JDCC’s New Board

Effective as of October 1, 2003

Newly elected JDCC Board Officers

Sharon Ann Dror - President
Founder of JDCC in 1992, mother of three deaf children. She grew up in a traditional Jewish household in Santa Monica, CA and graduated from Woodbury University with an accounting degree. She served on the National Congress of Jewish Deaf s board for 8 years, and was involved with several other Jewish Deaf organizations including Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf (Arleta, CA), Washington Society of Jewish Deaf, and Chabad House Hearing Impaired Program in Los Angeles, CA.


Brandeis Campers Experience Thrills Deaf Students!

There is a phrase in Pirkei Avot (The Saying of Our Fathers), "When two people sit and words of Torah pass between them, the Divine Presence rests between them." As a hearing Rabbi, I was always under the naive assumption that "words of Torah" meant spoken words. This summer, I came to understand and appreciate how much richer that concept is than what my limitation of hearing had led me to comprehend.

Two years ago, I was approached in my capacity as the Director of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI) by Rebecca Pepkowitz who was the Hillel Program Director at Gallaudet University at the time. BCI is a 26 day exploration of self and Judaism within a safe, pluralistic community. Each session brings together young Jews (ages 18-26) with the world's finest Jewish scholars and artists in a living laboratory where they experience the multi-faceted aspects of Jewish life and culture. As BCI'ers engage in the arts, study, community and the outdoors, they strive to define who they are and what they envision as their adult Jewish life. BCI takes place on the 3,000 acre grounds of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, California.



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Announcing Mozzeria as CSD SVF Business Partner

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