President’s Message- October 2013


I recently read about a 30 second speech by Bryan Dyson – Former CEO of Coca Cola that made me think about how we live our lives.  Here is a snapshot of that speech:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.  You name them – work, family, health, friends and spiritand you’re keeping all of these in the air.”

Many of us lead very busy lives rushing from one place to another in an attempt to fit everything in. However, we can make that last ball represent “spirituality” or the connection to our Jewish faith.  Often, when I feel stressed from trying to keep all the balls afloat, I stop and think about what life is all about and what my priorities are. That last ball forces us to take time for ourselves and our families.

WSJD and its Board of Directors want to give its members that last ball representing Jewish spirituality. Our events, such as our recent ASL High Holy Days services and our upcoming Shabbat dinner and discussion with Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe on October 18th at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, are opportunities for us to remember what is important in our lives.

This year we are embarking on what could be a significant change for WSJD and all Deaf Jews in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.  We will be advertising in November or December for a spiritual leader to help plan ASL High Holy Days services along with lay leaders, conduct life cycle events and provide educational programming on a part-time basis.  If you or anyone you know might be interested in this position, please tell them to look for the advertisement or contact me at

Jeff Cohen,