Jewish Captioning Initiative 2018

The Jewish Captioning Initiative promotes captioning on videos with Jewish content to allow access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Over 28 million Americans are considered among this population ( About 2 percent of adults ages 45 to 54 have a disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64 ( 

Hearing loss contributes to people feeling isolated.

“I have difficulty hearing, and therefore understanding, when people speak.  When I go to a lecture I don't get the whole message and feel left out of the group.  When I can get the whole message, partially by listening but mostly by the captioning, I do get the message being conveyed and feel more included in the community.”
(Dina Cotton, Baltimore community member)

Captions provide access to the Jewish content videos that hearing people take for granted. Without captions, people with a hearing loss are excluded.

 לא עליך המלאכה לגמור. ולא אתה בן חורין ליבטל ממנה [פרקי אבות ב:כא]

“It is not your responsibility to complete the task, yet you are not free to desist from it.” (Ethics of Our Fathers 2:21)

Benefits of Captioning

Basic Information about Captions

JADE ASL Group Seeks More Captioning in Jewish Programs

What the CJE Can Offer:

JADE Access Fund will grant $100 toward captioning services for the first 10 producers who agree to caption their old or new Jewish videos before 2019. The videos must be available to people in Baltimore and be approved by CJE. The money will be paid to the captionist. Apply at
For tech-support through the process of captioning, contact:
Martha Goodman
Yosef Cotton

Helpful Resources:

Jewish Videos with Captions

How to Correct Auto Captions on YouTube

Potential Tax Credit for Captioning

Some Software Options for Editing and/or Embedding Captions

Guide to Captioning

Jewish Lectures with an ASL Interpreter

Possible Ways to Transcribe at Little or No Cost


Closed Captions, Up Close (Mitzvah Day 2018 Presentation)

Jewish Captioning Initiative 2018 Community of Practice:

Mattice Aaronson
Louis F. Caplan
Moishe Mordechai Tzvi Coleman
Dina Cotton
Martha Goodman
Yehuda Lacks
Rachelle Landau
Rachel Turniansky
Yael Zelinger

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