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Captioned Tisha B'av DVD will be available

CCHFThe Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation (CCHF) releases a new video every year that features several popular and inspiring speakers from the Jewish community.

These videos are shown in conjunction with Tisha B'av, a major fast that falls on July 29 this year. Public viewings of this video takes place in many Jewish communities around the world. This yearly video addresses current issues and provides the viewer with lessons and time-tested wisdom as an aid to tackling them.

Last year, for the first time, the CCHF started to caption their video for the benefit of the deaf community. However, because the response was very weak, the CCHF almost decided not to caption this year's video. Those of you who are interested are encouraged to sign up to receive a free captioned DVD to be sent to your house before Tisha B'av this year.

Showing greater interest in this captioned DVD would motivate CCHF to meet our needs. Donations to their organization would also be accepted.

The number of requests for the captioned version could influence whether they will caption it again next year. There is no charge to get this video which can be requested at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFNyZkxWZ0I4TUhpQWNrSEZfS1dSUGc6MQ

Shabbat Morning Service - Interpreted, July 28th - Manhattan

Town_VillageTown & Village (T&V) Synagogue is hosting another interpreted Shabbat Morning Service.

The service will have full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets)

Saturday, July 28th
10:00 AM -- 12:30 PM

Town & Village (T&V) Synagogue (www.tandv.org),
334 East 14th Street,
between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan

Naomi Brunnlehrman & Jennifer Perlis will be the interpreters. Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services. Out of respect for Shabbat, pen, paper and electronic devices cannot be used that morning.

For information, 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

Hofstra Professor Helps Develop Sabbath Friendly Hearing Aid

HofstraProfThu, 2012-03-01 11:48
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Hearing Loss News

Orthodox Jews who wear high end, multi-program hearing aids often disable their devices' most helpful features on the Jewish Sabbath, because they are concerned about inadvertently depressing a program button when they are inserting the instrument. Hofstra University Professor of Audiology Dr. Levi A. Reiter and Persona Medical Inc. have recently developed the new "EMET" hearing aid, which circumvents the problem of activating buttons or switches on the Sabbath, making it the world's most Sabbath-friendly hearing aid.

According to Jewish Law, operating electronic switching mechanisms may violate one of the principles of Sabbath observance. Orthodox Jews often choose to have their audiologist program the instrument's software to disable the multi-program option. These multi-program features are designed to increase ease of listening in various sound environments, e.g., restaurants, music venues, traffic noise, etc. While this solves the Sabbath problem, it also denies the wearer access to program selection during the week when it could be very useful.

The new EMET hearing aid, inscribed with the Hebrew font as ??? meaning "true" (as in true sound), enables a hearing aid wearer to activate the multi-program option. Therefore, during the week the wearer has full access to any one of four listening programs. Before the Sabbath arrives the wearer can select the listening program he/she prefers for the day. The chosen program cannot be altered inadvertently. Once the Sabbath is over, the wearer can again assume full access to a wide range of listening settings.

Dr. Reiter says, "Fortunately we have been able to apply the EMET concept to all known hearing aid types, including the tiny custom, 'deep canal' fittings, the full range of 'in-the-ear' sizes, and the 'behind-the-ear series, including 'slim-tube open ear fittings, 'receiver-in-canal' instruments, and powerful behind-the-ear hearing aids."

Dr. Reiter first made news in 2006 when he composed a rap song for Hofstra's freshman orientation, titled, "Say Whut?," explaining the importance of the field of audiology. For this, the grandfather of 26 received the admiration of his students as well as the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), which adapted it for its recruitment efforts.

In 2008 Dr. Reiter was again in the news for his diagnosis of an Ear-Kiss Syndrome, which was subsequently named "Reiter's Ear-Kiss Syndrome"(REKS). One of his patients, a young mother, suffered permanent hearing loss when her toddler daughter gave her a strong kiss on the ear. Dr. Reiter's research found this condition is much more common than previously thought, and he started a campaign to get people to be more mindful of any shows of affection near the sensitive ear area. His work in this area has also made audiologists more mindful of this condition and its causes.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Source: Hofstra University - http://hlnews.net/content/hofstra-professor-helps-develop-sabbath-friendly-hearing-aid

Jewish FreeCycle for Deaf Community - Louisiana

JewishFreeCycleWe have been support our Deaf ..Deaf/Blind Community for years volunteering to assist in Tutoring, Raising Awareness and bridging gap Hearing and Deaf.

Now we are wanting to continue our support and outreach.  Jewish FreeCycle has donated clothing to Seniors, Schools, Homeless Shelters.  We have noticed that many in our Deaf Community are struggling in recessed economy and may appreciate support with some basics.  Here is our offer to assist:

We Support Our Awesome Deaf Community.  Deaf (Deaf/Blind, Hard-Hearing ) Group, School, Organization and Community Centers if you would have need of basic clothing items and would appreciate a "Clothing Giveaway" we may be able to assist.

At a function or location (you have available) you may Host a "Clothing Give Away".  Jewish FreeCycle will donate clean and current clothing  items.  These basic items may include, Men's & Women's Clothing, Baby Clothes, Tee Shirts, Pants, Dress, Blouses, Skirts, Toys, Games, Purses, Back Packs.  Please contact  

Brian and Abigail Danyleyko
Voice or Text 985-257-0038
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: Abigail Danyleyko