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Jewish Deaf Congress

Great Falls, VA   |  https://jewishdeafcongress.org/

Mission

Mission Statement: JDC functions as an inclusive and accessible Jewish Deaf national organization, network and resource center, rooted in Judaism and Deaf experiences, cultures and values of lifelong Jewish learning to discover, connect and flourish. Vision Statement: JDC will inspire Jewish Deaf people, families, allies and professionals with full access to the spirituality, traditions, culture and social heritage of Judaism and of the Deaf community. JDC Core Guiding Values 1. Inclusive and accessible resource and advocate 2. Jewish traditions and values 3. Deaf community, culture and values including American Sign Language and/or Israeli Sign Language 4. Growth and preservation of spirituality, heritage and fellowship 5. Strong support for Israel and Israeli Deaf Community

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Dr. Roz Rosen

Main address

9416 Vernon Dr

Great Falls, VA 22066 USA

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Formerly known as

National Congress of Jewish Deaf

National Congress of Jewish Deaf/Jewish Deaf Congress

EIN

26-2998025

NTEE code info

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many Jewish Deaf people have struggled to find their place in a hearing world. Jewish Deaf people tried to assimilate and blend in with the hearing society. In the past we lost many Jewish Deaf members. Jewish Deaf Congress preserves and expands knowledge of our Jewish Deaf cultures/history/values. Now we are creating new and innovative ways to provide accessible resources & services and inspire Jewish Deaf communities. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS 1. Pre COVID-19, JDC meetings were conducted on person or by email 2. Now since COVID-19 restrictions precludes face to face meetings, JDC held frequent Zoom meetings of the Board and the JDC Fundraising committee 3. Summit in 2021 with representatives of local organizations; now postponed to October 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic 4. During the 2022 Summit, JDC mission, goals, & bylaws will be discussed and aligned with modern/future needs and new officers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Support Accessible ASL Resources & Services

Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) is committed to enhancing the Jewish Deaf experience with educational and spiritual programs and technology. Jewish Deaf people and families want to access their rich heritage via American Sign Language. JDC needs funds to create videos of stories, traditions, and prayers, ensure access to Zoom services with interpreters and captions for families, upgrade its website with more resources and videos, and advocate and support local Jewish Deaf groups.

1. Support Virtual ASL Shabbat Services.
2. Create educational and spiritual modules for families, homes and communities.
3. Create ASL videos on Jewish holidays, prayers, traditions, stories and rituals.
4. Do zoom holiday celebrations, panels and weekly Torah discussion groups.
5. Strengthen community Jewish Deaf organizations and groups via social/spiritual networking and services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average age of first-time, full-time, first-year registrants in direct entry programs continuing to the following year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Artists and performers, Teachers, Jewish people, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Support Accessible ASL Resources & Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Support Accessible ASL Resources & Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program/model/intervention innovations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Support Accessible ASL Resources & Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A group of attendees formed a Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) Ad Hoc Committee on Future Success. This committee has been busy since then with many activities and “behind the scene” planning – strategic planning, finances and organizational matters. Everything listed below is possible only with your support, both volunteer time and financial.
STRATEGIC PLANNING
1. Review past and develop plans to strengthen JDC & Developed a strategic plan based on two national surveys
2. Worked on a strategic plan to revive, revitalize and update JDC to meet the needs of modern-day Jewish Deaf Americans
3. Reviewed and updated the JDC mission and vision statements
4. Developed mission statements to inspire and mobilize the Jewish Deaf community
5. Renamed JDC ad hoc committee the JDC Board
6. JDC co-chairs held online sessions with local Jewish Deaf Organizations to determine mutual needs and desires regarding networking, collaborations and resources
COMMUNICATIONS
1. Updated and upgraded the JDC website (still in progress)
2. Disseminate information via E-Blast & Facebook “Jewish Deaf Congress” which now has nearly 1,000 followers
ACTIVITIES
1. Collaborated with the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD) in hosting a virtual ASL Passover Seder
2. Formed a Virtual ASL Shabbat Coalition with WSJD, Gallaudet University Hillel Club and Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC of NY) to plan monthly zoom Shabbat services
3. As part of the Virtual ASL Shabbat Coalition, co-hosted monthly zoom Shabbat services in ASL, led by Deaf people, with voice interpretation and captions, which attracts about 150 attendees
4. Hosted a panel discussion “High Points of the High Holidays” featuring 5 Deaf Rabbis and Leaders
5. Named JDC historical records belonging to the Brenner’s dating back to 1956 the “Stephen and Dorothy Brenner Jewish Deaf Collection.” Now exploring how this Collection may be best archived and electronically accessible to the public.
6. Co-hosted, with WSJD, a three-part series of panel discussions on Anti-Semitism
7. Host a national Hanukkah Menorah Creation contest for DHH Kids and KODAs, https://www.jewishdeafcongress.org/currentevent to generate awareness and
enthusiasm, and a zoomparty
8. Lead a Virtual ASL Shabbat / Second Night of Hanukkah service, cosponsored by the Virtual ASL Shabbat Coalition
9. Identified Jewish themes to develop for the JDC Virtual Resource Library: Jewish Life Cycle events, holidays, traditions/spirituality and virtual Torah discussion sessions
FINANCES
1. Established a JDC Fundraising Committee (JDCF) with eight members
2. Raised almost $30,000 in donations to develop resources, improve networking and support operations and plans
3. Created a video “Jewish. Deaf. Proud” & 6. Started a JDC “Light up Lives” fundraising campaign to achieve 6 goals – https://www.jewishdeafcongress.org/donate/
ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS
Now since COVID-19 restrictions precludes face to face meetings, JDC held frequent Zoom meetings

STRATEGIC PLANNING
1. Review past and developed plans to strengthen JDC.
2. Developed a strategic plan based on two national surveys
3. Worked on a strategic plan to revive, revitalize and update JDC to meet the needs of modern-day Jewish Deaf Americans
https://www.jewishdeafcongress.org/about-us/strategic-plan
4. Reviewed and updated the JDC mission and vision statements for approval at next business meeting
5. Developed mission statements to inspire and mobilize the Jewish Deaf community
https://www.jewishdeafcongress.org/about-us/our-mission
6. Renamed JDC ad hoc committee the JDC Board
7. JDC co-chairs held online sessions with several local Jewish Deaf Organizations to determine mutual needs and desires regarding networking, collaborations and needed resources

We just started a JDC “Light up Lives” fundraising campaign to achieve 6 goals – https://www.jewishdeafcongress.org/donate/
– ASL Judaism Education
– Community and Advocacy
– Jewish Lifecycle Events
– Virtual Shabbat & Holiday Services
– Weekly Torah Studies
– JDC Website

Whether it is at schools, synagogues, offices, or even at community events, almost every day, most Jewish Deaf people have struggled experienced limited accessibility. It’s a major oversight, and one that is easily fixed. The big change that Jewish Deaf Congress seeks to bring is the revolution of technology in the Jewish Deaf world. Jewish Deaf Congress is close the hearts of an extremely diverse range of Jewish Deaf organizations and Deaf people. The goal of improving Jewish Deaf life in the Jewish world is achievable. In accomplishing this goal, Jewish Deaf Congress has received countless positive feedback from a number of organizations to strengthen community Jewish Deaf organizations and groups via social/spiritual networking and services. We are moving forward rapidly creating educational and spiritual modules for families, homes and communities, ASL videos on Jewish holidays, prayers, traditions, stories and rituals and maintain zoom holiday celebrations, panels and weekly Torah discussion groups.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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Jewish Deaf Congress

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Roz Rosen

Jewish Deaf Congress

Term: 2016 -

Marla Berkowitz

Jewish Deaf Congress

Vicki Lowen

Jewish Deaf Congress

Tracey Rattner

Jewish Deaf Congress

Elliott Richman

Jewish Deaf Congress

Roz Rosen

Jewish Deaf Congress

Ellen Roth

Jewish Deaf Congress

Sofia Seitchik

Jewish Deaf Congress

Dot Brenner

Jewish Deaf Congress

Steve Weiner

Jewish Deaf Congress

Liz Tannebaum

Jewish Deaf Congress

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.