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Jewish Book Week...for the deaf

JewishBookBy Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012
The Jewish Chronicle Online

Jewish Book Week is to make four of its events accessible to deaf audience members.

Those deaf or hard-of-hearing will be able to use live speech-to-text translation, transcribed by a reporter using a special phonetic keyboard, using technology from charity Stagetext.

The method could be rolled out across other Jewish educational and cultural events, and has been used for a lecture recently at the Jewish Community Centre.

The talks, which take place at Kings Place near Kings Cross, will include a debate with novelist Linda Grant and historian Simon Schama, chaired by Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, called “60 Years On”, looking back on the changes since Jewish Book Week began.

Others include “Tales of Mediterranean Coexistence” with historians of the region Professor David Abulafia and Dr Philip Mansel, an exploration of Charles Dicken’s Fagin in Oliver Twist, and a debate on “Religion and Science” with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy.

Tickets are being held back for those hard of hearing until February 7.

Source: http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/63022/jewish-book-weekfor-deaf

January Video and Blog Postings from JDMM

moshiasch"Will we still have mitzvos?", explores an intriguing and apparent contradiction in the Talmud regarding what will happen when Moshiach comes.

In one place, the Talmud (Niddah 61b) says that all the Torah's commandments (the mitzvos) will be annulled. However, in another location (Sanhedrin 90b), it is implied that everything will remain in force as always.

      Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/moshiach-101#/i/4

Source: Jewish Deaf Multimedia (JDMM)

MetroWest Celebrates Jewish Disability Awareness Month

MetoWestAbleThe MetroWest Jewish community will be celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness Month throughout the month of February.  Please see attached or visit www.MetrowestABLE.org (to be posted tomorrow on the web) for more information about the programs throughout the community.

Below, please note the specific programs that will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing:

     Saturday, February 4th       Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield will hold an ASL interpreted Shabbat Family Service for children up to 3rd grade at 9am.  For more information visit:  www.shaarey.org.

     Saturday, February 11th       Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield will hold an ASL interpreted Shabbat Family Service for children up to 3rd grade at 9am.  For more information visit:  www.shaarey.org.

      Sunday, February 12th          MetroWest ABLE will host the Synagogue Summit ~ Building an Inclusive Jewish Community from 12-4pm at the Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany.  An afternoon of networking, learning and idea sharing as we celebrate our successes and explore new opportunities for inclusion in the Jewish community.  Leading advocates for people with disabilities in the faith communities, Bill Gaventa and Rabbi Evan Jaffe, will join us to share their experiences.  A panel of Inclusion Innovators will share their success and challenges in providing physical access and inclusive religious programming and services.  Three break-out sessions will be held to meet the needs of the individual communities.   This program will be facilitated with CART programming.  Registration is required.  For more information on this event visit www.metrowestABLE.org.

Source: MetroWest ABLE

Purim & St. Patrick's Day - Interpreted

TiferethIsraelWell, I don't know about you, but when I want to celebrate a holiday in March, be it Purim or even St. Patrick's Day, there's usually one place that fits the bill like no other...a Synagogue!!  (Um, what's that again?)

New York's Tifereth Israel-Town & Village (T&V) Synagogue (www.tandv.org) invites you to join us on Purim Night, Wednesday, March 7th, for an ASL-interpreted Service, a full reading of Megillat Esther...and did I mention fun?!  (For those so inclined, costumes are heartily encouraged, too!)

Services will begin at 6:15 PM at 334 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan, and our team of Deaf and hearing interpreters will again include Cathy Markland, Christopher Tester and Bram Weiser.

...and then come back again on Saturday morning, March 17th (oh, right, St. Patrick's Day!) for an ASL-interpreted Shabbat Service with full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets), which will be held from 10:00 AM -- 12:30 PM.  Our interpreters will be Jessica Ames and Naomi Brunnlehrman.

On that date, a Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services, and all are welcome to participate!  (Please note: Out of respect for Shabbat, pen, paper and electronic devices cannot be used at T&V on Saturday morning.)

For additional information, please contact Bram Weiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (212) 677-0368 Voice.

Source: Bram Weiser