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This summer, the ASL Shabbat Coalition is taking a hiatus from ASL Shabbat programming. The next virtual ASL Shabbat service will take place on Zoom in October.  To keep you connected, we have put together this mini e-News complete with a "vlog of the month," a list of Jewish books for summer reading, list of events, and resources.

We thank Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe for sharing the vlog of her sermon for this issue.

Please share this eNews with your family and friends. If you are not already on ASL Shabbat Coalition's email list, email us your full name and email address at

Shabbat shalom!

Members of the ASL Shabbat Coalition and friends,

Hillel at GallaudetJDC, and JDRC



Visual description: Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe, a white female with brown shoulder length curly hair parted on the side, is seated as she signs the sermon. She is wearing a royal blue three quarter sleeve blazer over a dark blue jewel neck lined blouse. She is also wearing a silver chain necklace. On the left side is a white wall with six framed pictures lined up in two rows. Behind her is a white wall, with a door on the lower right side.



The Hadassah Magazine and GoodReads shared a few suggestions of books featuring Jewish characters, Jewish history, and more. Do you have favorites to share for the next issue? Email us at

Blum, Hila. How to Love Your Daughter(to be published on 7/18/2023)

Bestselling Israeli author Blum discuss the relationship between a mother and daughter. This is a novel of emotional depth and complexity, at once disturbing and enlightening. (Hadassah Magazine)

Morris, Heather. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, 2018.

"A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become the most potent symbols of the Holocaust."  (GoodReads)

Ridker, Andrew. Hope, (published on 7/11/23)

The author introduces a physician father, do-gooder mother and their two 20-something kids  in alternating chapters of a story of a contemporary American Jewish family set in the suburb of Brookline, Massachusetts.  This story is of forgiveness, meaning, and hope. (Hadassah Magazine)

Scheinfeld, Marisa; Kanter, Stefan; and Joselit, Jenna Weissman. The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland, 2016.

The author explores and honors the history of hotels in the New York's Catskills that was a large part of the Jewish American culture through the 1980's. (Hadassah Magazine)



Happy birthday to our celebrants!

  • Amy Cohen Efron
  • Leonard Fisher
  • Susan Fisher
  • Michael Goldberg
  • Jimmy Libman
  • Joel Pollick
  • Sam Sonnenstrahl
  • Lynn Sien
  • Eitan Seitchik
  • Stephanie Summers
  • Melinda Weinrib
  • Robert Weinstock



JDC - 67th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, July 20, 2023

7:00 - 9:00 PM EST

Register for Zoom link at:

Facebook Livestream: JewishDeafCongress

Melton in ASL/JDRC- Live, Loss, and Wisdom

Faculty - Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe

Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2023 (6 weeks)

7:00 - 8:30 PM EST

For more info and to RSVP:

Fee: $ 75.00 (partially funded by JDRC's grant from UJA Federation of New York)

WSJD - WSJD's 50th Anniversary (Save the Date!)

Sunday, October 15, 2023

1:00- 4:00 PM EST

Black Rock Arts Center

Germantown, Maryland

JDRC/URJ - Introduction to Judaism taught in ASL

Faculty - Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe

Mondays, October 16, 2023 - March 25, 2024 (20 weeks)

8:00 - 9:30 PM EST


Fee:  $180.00 (partially funded by JDRC's grant from UJA Federation of New York)


Do you have news or resources to share with us? Email us at

1.The Jewish Deaf Resource Center is compiling a list of Deaf led, ASL interpreted or captioned High Holiday services for you. If your synagogue is offering ASL interpreted or captioned services, email JDRC at the following information by August 14:

date, time, type of service,  type of accessibility services provided, event link, and ticket information.

2. Did you miss last month's service? Look for past ASL Shabbat video recordings and other videos produced by JDRC at the bottom of the JDRC homepage.




Donations help support voice interpreting services and other incidental expenses related to monthly ASL Shabbat services.  This month, we thank donors for their support:

  • Daniel Langholtz
  • Chris Wagner

As you honor birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, or the memory of loved ones through yahrzeit, consider placing a donation with ASL Shabbat Coalition.

Donate no later than 12:00 p.m., July 25, 2023, so that we can list honorees names in the next edition of the ASL Shabbat eNews.

To donate, go to

Under the "I want my donation dedicated to:" box, you will be given two options: ASL Shabbat and JDRC. Select "ASL Shabbat Coalition."



Special thanks go to Caption Anywhere for their captioning and video editing services.

Special thanks go to JDRC's grant through UJA-Federation of New York for partially funding ASL Shabbat.


This event is made possible through a collaborative effort of three organizations that comprise the ASL Shabbat Coalition (ASC): Hillel at GallaudetJewish Deaf Congress, and the Jewish Deaf Resource Center.


Hillel @ Gallaudet promotes inclusive Jewish educational, religious, social, cultural, and communal activities at Gallaudet University by creating opportunities for diverse expressions of Jewish life among students.


Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) is 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.

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Jewish Deaf Resource Center, a pluralistic national 501(C3) nonprofit organization, builds bridges between Jews who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the individuals and organizations which serve the wider Jewish community. We do this through advocacy, providing guidance on communication access solutions, collaborating on accessible educational opportunities, advising on inclusive public policy and practices, forming partnerships, sharing resources, and presenting training sessions.

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