It is estimated that there are approximately 50,000 deaf Jews in the United States. Many are deprived of the opportunity to practice their religion simply because of their deafness. They are in communities throughout the country, involved in various activities. They want to be Jews, to know their history, their traditions, their heritage – but they cannot because there are virtually no rabbis who can communicate with them or who understand deaf culture.
This is the reason that the Hebrew Seminary, a Rabbinical School for Deaf & Hearing, was founded. It is a unique, pluralistic, egalitarian school – the only seminary in the Chicago area that welcomes female as well as well as male students, that accepts part-time students, and that includes the study of Kabbalah and Healing Meditative practices in its curriculum.