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Two Week Israel Trip for 21-30 Years Old

Livnot U'Lehibanot, a hiking, study and community service program in Israel, has announced a special two-week trip for Jewish Deaf and hard of hearing people tentatively scheduled for May, 1999. Rabbi Fred Friedman, a well-known deaf Rabbi who has served as Convention Rabbi for Jewish Deaf Congress in 1990 in Brooklyn, NY; for World Organization for the Deaf in Paris, France, 1992 and in London, England in 1995, explains that "We have worked on this project for few months and can now finally offer an unique program with new and exciting experiences for young Jewish Deaf people between 21-30." Now in its 20th year, Livnot U'Lehibanot combines scenic hikes, tours and study programs for young adults ages 21-30. No knowledge of Hebrew or level of religious observance is required. Participants will spend time at both the Jerusalem and Tzfat (Sated in English) campuses. Interpreters will accompany the group for all hikes, classes, community service projects and other activities. For information about the Livnot experience, visit their website at http://www.livnot.org.il or e-mail Rabbi Friedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Financial assistance is available through nearly twenty communities in North America and efforts are being made to arrange partial scholarships to qualified applicants through various sources. More complete information on program schedule and financial arrangements will be available in mid-January.

Deafness Genetic In Ashkenazic Jews?

According to Mica Schneider with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the New England Journal of Medicine has shared results of research done by the Molecular and Human Genetic Center at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans which indicates that a recessive gene, a mutation in the connexin 26 gene that can create a protein causing hearing loss if paired with another carrier, can be found in 4 percent of Ashkenazi Jews, equivalent to 1 in 1,000 Jews. "The frequency of deafness is no higher in the Jewish population than in others" says Dr. Bronya Keats, the Center's director who was also coordinator of this research project, "It's just that in the (Ashkenazi) Jewish population, many profound hearing impairments are due to a certain gene mutation..." Concern over such information being used by employers and health insurance companies to deny medical coverage, Hadassah addressed the National Institute of Health's forum on genetics research twice. "We are working to ensure that potential research groups are not scared or harmed by the real and perceived risks of participation" says Hadassah national president Marlene Post. Importance is attached to such research due to the fact that sectors of the Orthodox community tend to intermarry and such genetic tests could potentially affect matchmaking.

Hearing L.A. Temple To Host Interpreted Service

dubowe19Temple Adat Elohim in Los Angeles, CA has scheduled an interpreted Sabbath service and Oneg on Friday, February 26, 1999 at 7.30 pm. Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe, a Jewish Deaf rabbi who works at Temple Adat Elohim, will lead a discussion after service. Dr. Charles Katz, a well-known Jewish Deaf storyteller will also be guest speaker and the Junior Choir plans to sign songs. Everyone is welcome and they request appropriate attire and no jeans. The "Goal is to allow Temple Adat Elohim to learn more about the Jewish Deaf and for the Jewish Deaf to have an opportunity to attend a worship service and to be with other Jewish people," Rebecca Dubowe explains.

Montreal Cuts Education Funding For Deaf Jewish Student

After being enrolled in the Sunday Free Hebrew Program for one lunch hour per week for one year in which the Jewish Education Council agreed to pay for the cost of a teacher, Ryan Duchoeny who is profoundly Deaf and uses ASL is no longer able to continue classes. Despite previous assurances given by the Jewish Education Council, Ryan's father was informed that JEC would not support the teacher for my son in the future... "one teacher one child it is not feasible, we did you a favor by supplying the teacher this year". Since then Frank Duchoeny has contacted different organizations and representatives to no avail. He has launched a website to make this situation known and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .