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Deaf Russian Immigrants Sue Matzo Baker

baker Jeanne King with Reuters announced in early-April that ten deaf immigrants from the former Soviet aid, Union plan to sue Manischewitz, one of the world's largest makers of Passover bread, and a labor union for alleged discrimination. Among the civil rights violations: the employer and union's failure to provide sign language interpreters, and absence of flashing fire alarms. They are seeking damages of $36 million, according to the lawsuit that was about to be filed in Brooklyn federal court. Alan Rich, the attorney representing the deaf bakers, alleges that in a 1994 "major fire with a blackout ... all the hearing people got out safely," but that one person had to run back to inform a deaf baker of the fire and get him out of the building.

Hadassah Convention To Be Accessible!

Marla Berkowitz with Manhattan's Young Adult Jewish Deaf is working with Hadassah, the largest Zionist organization for women to make Hadassah's upcoming 84th annual national convention accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing people. This convention will be held in New York City from Sunday July 12th to Wednesday July 15th. Among its plans: a Jewish Deaf Welcoming Reception and Workshop, the Grand Opening Ceremony, a Bat Mitzvah Ceremony for over 100 Women, and an Evening Glatt Kosher Banquet Dinner. For information, contact Berkowitz at (212) 396-9672 TTY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Camping Group Recognizes Camp Programs

campKesher Family Camp in the Poconos was among three camp programs honored with the 1997 Eleanor P. Eells Award by the American Camping Association for their services to the poor and disabled children and adults. Kesher Family Camp in the Poconos, located in Pennsylvania, provides a Jewish camping experience to families with Deaf or hard of hearing parents and children. The Award was named after Eels, a firm believer that camping is a medium which all different kinds of people can gain and enjoy benefits.

Our Way National Convention

our-wayOur Way an outreach program for Jewish Deaf at the National Convention of Synagogue Youth, is hosting its national convention at Congregation Sha'arei Zion in Baltimore, MD from May 14 to 17th. Cost for the entire four days is $125 although they can also accept registrations for Shabbos only. Among planned activities: tour of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Torah Workshops, Officer elections and Contest, Shabbos service and meeting Deaf Rabbis. For more information, contact David Kastorat (410) 764-3986 TTY, (410) 764-1842 FAX or DKastor@HCFA.