Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education


JADE strives to raise the level of awareness in the community about the needs of Jewish people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here are services available through JADE:

Workshops on deaf awareness help educate and sensitize people who interact with deaf people.  One popular workshop is "How to Best Communicate with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Including some fun signs!)" This is a special workshop tailored to your organization's needs and is available at no charge for school staff, students, organizations and agency staff professional development.

JADE advocates for the inclusion of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing by encouraging anyone running a Jewish community event to offer an interpreter by adding this line to promotional materials:
"A sign language or oral interpreter is available upon request one week prior to the event".

The JADE interpreter fund

  • Grants $50 towards interpreter expenses for eligible Jewish community events
  • Supports local Jewish schools that have people with hearing loss among their parent body. Through JADE, schools can book an interpeter for parents who are deaf or hard of hearing at school-related events such as orientations, parent-teacher conferences, school plays and other milestones.

The JADE Access Fund has been extended to provide $100 grants to help caption Jewish videos. Apply here!

Jewish Captioning Initiative- The Jewish Captioning Initiative promotes captioning on videos with Jewish content to allow access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

See our Success! These Jewish video producers added captions to their videos for deaf and hard of hearing viewers. KUDOS for CAPTIONING!

JADE was instrumental in spearheading the planning and implementation of the first known Shabbatonim for the Jewish Deafblind community in the U.S.

DeafBlind Shabbaton 2017 "Building a Jewish DeafBlind Community".

Link to Facebook page for the Deafblind group.  Check out the video interview with Kit Englard and Steve Frank.

Jay Tfillin

Each summer JADE runs Jewish education workshops at Deafblind Camp of Maryland. View photos from Camp.

The Deafblind Israel Dream

Watch our Video!

For more information, please contact Yael Zelinger at or

CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.