Shalom! My name is Susan Cohen. I am the President of Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD).
What is coming up? WSJD’s ASL High Holy Days! What’s special about it? How is it different from traditional services?
A few things are different.
The Deaf Community!
There are no prayer books
Prayers recited by lay leaders are conveyed in ASL
We will blow the shofar. If you can’t hear the shofar, we have an alternative. We will have a drummer beat the drum at the same time as when shofar blowers blast the shofar.
We will feel the vibrations from the drums which will help simulate the experience. It will arouse us to a time to pay attention and focus on repentance.
When and where will the services be?
We will have services at two different locations of the Washington Hebrew Congregation – one in Potomac, Maryland and the other in Washington, DC.
Rosh Hashanah Service and Dinner will be at Julia Bindeman Suburban Center of the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Potomac, Maryland on Monday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Closing Service and Break Fast will be at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington , DC on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Please join our community and register today.
And, do you want to be on our email list? Contact us! Wsjdevents18@gmail.com.