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Interpreted Kol Nidre Service - Manhattan, NY

14thStreetYT&V Synagogue is hosting an interpreted Kol Nidre Service.

Friday Evening, October 7th
14th Street Y
344 E. 14th Street
Manhattan, NY

Price: Free
Phone: (212) 677-0368 Voice
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Age Suitability: All Ages

(Schedule is subject to change.)

Reservations is strongly suggested. Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. listing names of people attending the service and their email addresses. Donation to help cover the cost of interpreters is greatly appreciated.

Other interpreted services:
Saturday morning, October 22nd at T&V, 334 East 14th Street, Manhattan, NY - celebrating an "Aufruf", a special ceremony for a couple soon to get married.

Source: Email from Bram Weiser

Salute to Youth: Recent grad shows concern for others

JonRubenWritten by Carol Katzman, Contributing Writer
Thursday, 25 August 2011 11:30
The Kansas City jewishchronicle

It would be easy to assume that recent Blue Valley North graduate Jon Ruben would major in business in college. After all, he won state and regional awards three years running in annual competitions sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America. But his experience as a paraprofessional for Sasone for students with learning disabilities at Congregation Beth Shalom helped to shape his college goals.

Patti Kroll, the religious school director at Beth Shalom’s Polsky Religious School, nominated Jon. She described him as “mature beyond his years,” and added, “He cares deeply for the students and wants to continue to do what is best for the educational program.”

“When I was a freshman and a sophomore, I was considering a major in business,” he said in a recent interview. But his high school physics and calculus teachers suggested he consider STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) as a career goal. So now his dream is to be a college physics or math professor.

Of course other experiences have added to that decision: years of attending Camp Herzl in northern Wisconsin led to a position as OZO this year. A highly selective position, former campers compete against one another for these coveted staff jobs. “Working as a staff member and volunteering as an OZO allows me to give back to the camp that has been so great to me over the years,” Jon explained. “I think that I have the best job in the world!”

He has spent six of the last seven years at Herzl, but his many years as a student in the Polsky Religious School made him take a chance on a trip to Israel. Two summers ago, he went there with the USY Pilgrimage, skipping a summer at Herzl. “I went on the trip not knowing anyone, and I went away with so many close friends! It was truly wonderful to experience all of the places that I had learned of and studied over the years at Beth Shalom’s religious school,” he said. “From that experience, I was able to experience Judaism first hand, in the Jewish homeland.”

In addition to working at Beth Shalom and Herzl, Jon worked at the JCC summer camp and volunteered as a madrich (teaching assistant) in other classrooms at the Polsky Religious School. He also co-chaired the synagogue’s USY Purim Carnival, participated in Panim el Panim, an advocacy program for Jewish teens in Washington, D.C., and has held several positions in student government and other organizations. But Jon highlighted his para-professional experience at the Polsky Religious School as “incredibly rewarding.”

Jon’s academic credentials are also impressive. He has achieved a score of 5 on eight AP tests and a 4 on the ninth. Add to that a GPA of 4.33 and a high class ranking, and it’s even more remarkable to learn that Jon has been hearing impaired since infancy. While he wears hearing aids, his mother Lisa said, “He does not consider himself to have a disability.”

It’s no wonder that colleges and universities competed for him. But he chose Ohio State University in Columbus over a slew of other offers “based upon the scholarships as well as the strength of their math, engineering and physics programs,” he explained. He also wanted to have the big-school experience. “So Ohio State was the perfect fit.”

Though not exactly around the corner, OSU is now only a non-stop flight away. It’s close enough so that Jon will still be able to get home often enough to see his parents, Steve and Lisa Ruben, and sisters Ashley, 16, and Julia, 11. Plus, he still gets to spend time with his grandfather, Rod Minkin, whom he considers his mentor. “My grandfather has been a wonderful role model over the years. I have learned so much from him,” Jon said. “I always looked forward to the insightful (and often, funny!) stories that he would share, as well as the Shabbat dinners at his house.”

Minkin, chairman of the board of directors of the Menorah Medical Center from 1999-2001, must have made a bigger impression on his grandson than he even realized. All those “insightful stories” that Jon heard during those many Shabbat dinners have obviously influenced Jon’s choices … not only in the volunteer world, but in his educational and career choices.

This young man’s character is also reflected in the volunteer example set by his father; Steve is treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and has been a member of the Federation Audit Committee for the past four years.

Educator Kroll added that Jon “knows when to ask questions to get a better understanding of what he needs to do and is not afraid to take a risk. He has a wonderful attitude, is reliable and responsible and truly understands his role in the classroom. Jon is an exceptional young man with a great concern for others.”

Source: http://www.kcjc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=619:salute-to-youth-recent-grad-shows-concern-for-others&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=27

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services in Brooklyn, NY

RabbiFriedmanBrooklyn Hebrew Society of the Deaf has announced that Rabbi Fred Friedman will lead High

Holiday services again this year for the 26th consecutive year as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday Evening, Sept 28th
Candle lighting @6.26pm
     10 or more men, women are welcome.

Rosh Hashanah - 1st Day
Thursday, Sept 29th
     Sermon will follow Torah Reading.
     Lunch will be served.
     Followed by Tashlich (throwing away our sins in the water) at Canarsie Pier.

Rosh Hashanah - Evening
Thursday, Sept 29th
Candle lighting @7.26pm
     10 or more men, women are welcome.

Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day
Friday, Sept 30th
     Sermon will follow Torah Reading
     Sabbath lighting 6.24pm
     10 or more men, women are welcome.

All above services will be held at:
     9502 Seaview Ave at East 95th St.
     Brooklyn , NY 11236

Sabbath Service
Saturday morning, Oct 1st
Service at Rabbi Greenberg's Shul @8.30am
     Dvor Torah during Lunch

Kol Nidre Service - Erev Yom Kippur
Friday, Oct 7th
6.13pm (1 hour)
     10 or more men, women are welcome.

Yom Kippur
Saturday, Oct 8th
     Torah Reading
     Sermon to follow
     Yikor Memorial Service (at 1pm)
     Torah Reading
     Sermon to follow
     Ask the Rabbi
     Neilah (evening) Service
     Refreshments will be provided to break fast.

Both Yom Kippur services will be held at BHSD.

Betty Kasher is coordinating High Holidays with Eileen Katz, Connie Friedman and Sara Sue Penn as co-coordinators.

For information and tickets, contact Betty Kasher at 347-695-1174 VP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Eileen Katz at 347-933-6437 VP, fax to 718-258-9548, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline is September 9th.

Source: Brooklyn Hebrew Society of the Deaf

Tutor/Assistance for Deaf New Orleans‏

Danyleyko_AquariumBrian and Abigail Danyleyko, who attends the Gates of Prayer Synagogue in Metarie, LA, have volunteered their time to help Jewish deaf people in southern Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Danyleykos, who are fluent in ASL, has interpreted at synagogues, schools, colleges (notetaking), etc.

"My husband is hard of hearing and we are fortunate to both have known Sign Language when his hearing deteriorated," Abigail said, " We are quite used to "Deaf Culture" and always enjoying volunteering.  We also know tactile and assist Deaf/Blind."

Photo: Deaf Day in New Orleans

The couple teaches a Hebrew class, and can assist anyone needing help with the Hebrew language."We will assist anyone who wishes to learn in order to be more comfortable at Services, understand Siddur or by extensive need to learn ASL to communicate with Family members etc.," Abigail adds, "We are always glad to help".  

They also offer art and craft classes for Jewish deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people who are interested in learning Art Judaica. These classes are in both New Orleans and Houma.

"The Class with be hand-on creation of Folk Art, Decorative Holiday Display (Sukkot, Hanukkah etc)."

Contact Brian and Abigail Danyleyko at 985-257-0038 Voice/Text.