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Letters to the Editor

editorHi Readers,

JDCC has upgraded their electronic mailing to a different mail server so bear with us as we learn the ropes of keeping our subscribers informed with announcements.

JDCC is pleased to announce that it has confirmed arrangements for the upcoming multimedia Community Seder in 2002! It will be held on the second evening of Passover at Adat Ari El in North Hollywood. We have had no success locating a suitable place for the first evening. Details including an Early Bird discount is listed on page 5.

In this issue, we printed responses to JDCC's proposal for a joint Seder with Temple Beth Solomon. I would like to take this opportunity to respond to some issues that were presented:

Childcare is offered during the JDCC Community Seder to encourage and enable young families to participate in the Community Seder and interact with other people. Most of us are visual-oriented so it is difficult for parents to watch the video projection screen if their child needs attention. We also offer parents the option of having children sit at their table, or at the children's table with childcare staff members. There is no additional cost for childcare and parents deserve a nice break for a few hours to celebrate Passover!

How we decide location for the Community Seder. We are flexible but need to be assured of authentic kosher certification for Passover catering in order to accommodate people from all branches of Judaism. The ceiling at the facility also needs to be at least 11" high for the video projectors and screens to maximize viewing range whenever we stand up to sign the blessings, etc. The rental at Adat Ari El includes space rental, security, cleaning and kosher supervision.

Please feel free to ask any JDCC Board members questions or express your thoughts regarding the Seder proposal. We are also open for suggestions on other JDCC programs and activities.

Dear Sharon,

A correction needs to be made from the Nov/Dec issue on page 8 & 9. We are no longer members of Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf.

The Lovitch Family

Dear Shalom:

I would like to ask one question. Do you have video sign language how to learn Hebrew language and vocabulary for the deaf? Please let me know.

Gregoryahu - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editor responses:
There are several videotapes regarding Jewish holidays in sign language. You may want to contact Cassia Margolis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear JDCC,

My 10 year old profoundly deaf daughter would like to communicate via Emails and computer with other deaf children to share ideas, feelings and experiences. Emily lives in Long Beach, CA, with her father, me. She is at a point where she is deciding whether or not she wants to be Jewish. Right now, she accepts being 1/2 Jewish. A Jewish Deaf Pen Pal sound like a good idea for now. Do they communicate via computer or snail mail? Thanks,

Fred - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I'm a member of Cong. Beth Shalom in Naperville, and have been in the very slow process of working with the board to educate them about their single Deaf member (that would be me). Our Cantor has studied at CBS in Skokie and will be signing a short family service on February 1, 2002 at 6:30 pm. We'll have a professional interpreter to interpret the English.

Are there any other Jewish Deaf people out here in the Western Suburbs? And if so, what are you looking for, if at all, in a Jewish community? Thanks in advance for any responses!

Nadene Eisner-Saywitz