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What Is Kibbutz Life All About?


You may know someone who lives on a "kibbutz" in Israel, or perhaps you may have visited a kibbutz? Have you wondered how the idea of the kibbutz came about and what a kibbutz is exactly?

kib-butz n (plural kibbutzim) communal farm or settlement in Israel

Before Palestine became Israel and more people moved in, it was a desert: very hot with little water. It was difficult to grow anything, so food was in short supply. As history of Jewish people over the last several thousand years show, the many battles of Jerusalem and the dry desert made it very difficult to live in their ideal home - 'the blessed land'. More Jewish people started living in other parts of the world.


Deaf Jews Sports

Bruce Gross
The Impact on Deaf Culture

Because WRAD (World Recreation Association of the Deaf) is a household word in the deaf community, it is taken for granted by everyone.

Why is WRAD so important and why is it so synonymous with Bruce Gross? Let us backtrack -from the late forties through the early eighties, a span that covers five decades, the deaf community evolved into a vibrant force. The National Association of the Deaf and its state associations, have helped the deaf become politically aware and politically active. The National Fraternal Society of the Deaf has helped the deaf expand its fraternal roots everywhere. The National Congress of Jewish Deaf (as well as other organizations serving the deaf of other religious faiths) have helped the deaf foster their own religious ties. The American Athletic Association of the Deaf has helped channel the athletic activities of the deaf on the local, national and international levels.


Jewish Deaf Profile

Tracy A. Hurwitz
A Former Engineer Makes It to The Top NTID


Tracy, who?," joked T. Alan Hurwitz, who prefers to be addressed by Alan, though Tracy is his first name.


Young Adults Corner


One by One
Yes, I know I promised that I would do an interview this time, but I received some sage advice from a close friend of mine, who said: "Isn't it more important to talk about issues concerning young adults in the Jewish Deaf world than to talk about who's who?" So, I have decided to follow that advice!

I just wrapped up a role in a play called "A Sign Upon Your Hand" which is a Jewish musical about a deaf boy who wants to have a bar mitzvah. (If all goes well, you may see this at the Jewish Deaf Congress convention this August!)