President's Message to the WSJD Community
by Susan F. Cohen

Friday, August 11, 2017            21 Av 5777  

Change is inevitable. Change is constant. - Benjamin Disraeli
A fitting quote!  This month, we bid farewell to Dina Rae Padden who served us well this past year as a program director.  Dina combined her flair for program planning and social media to help WSJD increase its membership by 32% through over 10 programs geared towards the young and young at heart.  The most memorable events of this year have included happy hours, Shabbat dinner/wine tasting, Passover seder, Tree of Life Painting party, and Havdalah Yoga.  Before her departure, Dina has also lined up several programs for WSJD through February 2018.  We thank Dina for her hard work and for leaving WSJD in good hands.  We also wish her mazel tov in her new career as Assistant Principal of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.  Our loss is their gain. Yasher Koach to Dina!
In the interim, members of the WSJD Board of Directors will take over coordinating upcoming programs for the next few months.  We welcome volunteer support at this time.  After we review the program director position description, we will give you an update on the application process.
This year, WSJD will host two ASL High Holy Day services, one for Rosh Hoshanah and one for Yom Kippur.  The WSJD ASL High Holy Day services will once again be held at Adat Shalom.  On Thursday, September 21, we will have Rosh Hashanah morning service, luncheon and discussion session.  The holiday will continue on Saturday, September 30 for a late afternoon Yom Kippur service and break fast.  Join us for a time of reflection, introspection, and renewal!  To register, click here.
Hillel at Gallaudet will also plan an Erev Rosh Hashanah event.  As soon as we have the details, we will share them with the community.  In the meantime, we warmly welcome students and the Gallaudet Community to join our services at Adat Shalom.  
Get excited!   Adat Shalom has invited artists from the WSJD community to showcase quilts, paintings or photographs, in their art gallery space from September 9 - October 1 of this year.  For more information on displaying your artwork, email Su Robbins, WSJD's point of contact for Adat Shalom, at  Artwork credit will be given to each WSJD member.
We welcome your input on how WSJD can continue to better match your needs and interests.  If you have questions or want to bounce off ideas, we would love to hear from you. Email us at
Shabbat Shalom!
With much warmth,
Susan F. Cohen,
WSJD is a 501 C3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.  All contributions to WSJD are tax deductible to the extent of the law. To donate, go to the WSJD website,

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