New York City Chanukah

A Celebration of the Jewish Deaf Spirit


Sunday, December 17th, 2017

An Unforgettable Experience!

The NYC Deaf Chanukah Celebration is the largest gathering of Jewish Deaf people in the United States, with over 300 attendees every year. The program includes the festive lighting of the De’VIA Menorah, a nine-foot-high menorah designed by Ellen Mansfield, a Jewish Deaf artist. Entertainment, socializing, and a delicious dinner with Chanukah treats like potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) are also provided. 

You're invited!

The Jewish Deaf Foundation invites you, the national ASL community, to celebrate the Jewish Deaf spirit in New York City!

Our event is geared towards every kind of deaf Jew from 0-120 years old. Get ready to pose with Roman soldiers and the Spinning Dreidel and hashtag your photos with #DeafChanukah!


Voice interpretation to English will also be provided for our hearing guests, in addition to a Russian Sign Language interpreter. Parents, children, teachers, interpreters, ASL students, lawyers, actors, you name it – everyone’s going to be there! Are you?

We invite those who require special accommodation to contact us before December 1st to arrange accessibility.

Why should you go?

Want to see what a Jewish Deaf holiday celebration entirely in ASL looks like? Always wished you had more Jewish Deaf friends? Been searching for love? Want to grow your network? Enjoy immersing in the spirituality of the bright Chanukah holiday? Looking for a place to contribute your skills through volunteering? Whatever your reasons are, you’ve come to the right event. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Click to see more pictures from our past events!




The fun starts on


December 17th, 2017


The doors open at

 3 P.M.

The deadline to register is Sunday, December 10th. Payments at the door will not be accepted.

Where is it?

The Museum of Jewish Heritage,
36 Battery Place,
New York, NY 10280.

How do you get there?

The museum is very accessible to public transportation.
The 2, 4, and 5 subway lines go to Bowling Green, and the N, R and W lines go to Rector Street,
both of which are only a few blocks from the museum.
The Staten Island Ferry lands on Manhattan just a few minutes walk away.

Want to become a sponsor?

Contact Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, executive director of the Jewish Deaf Foundation –

Want to work with us?

Please contact Irina Normatov, our event coordinator, at


Our Proud Sponsors