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editorHi Readers,

This issue is going out late and we will have our columns back on track in the March/April issue as there has been some changes in our office. Rachel Braver, our Public Relations, has a new full time job and we are currently looking for someone to help us out. If you are interested, please contact us.

We have a new policy regarding the Tzedekah donations. People who donate over $40 will now be listed in its own box. In the past, people would have to order an ad space. Now it will automatically go into the ad space when your contribution is over $40. If you do not wish to acknowledge that your donation is over $40, please request in with your payment that you want to be listed in the Tzedekah page, not in the box.

If you are interested in serving on the 2001 Passover Committee, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are hosting it on the Second Evening in 2001 since the first evening falls on Shabbat. Make a note on your calendar and reserve April 8th.

We also request you to share with us about your upcoming Seder programs with us so we can announce it in the next issue.

You may also want to reserve Sunday, June 3, 2001 for the Valley Jewish Festival. Interpreters will be provided and JDCC will have a booth there. It will be at California State University, Northridge.


Dear Sir,

The Association of the Deaf in Israel is a non-profit government registered organization representing more than 6000 Deaf members (who mainly communicate through sign language) in Israel.

We would appreciate if you could publish our e-mail in your newsletter for anyone who would like to contact us. In particular, we have several projects for which we are seeking funding. We would be glad to send further details on our activities in order to receive support from the Deaf Community in the States.

Of course, we would love to have you visit us here at the Helen Keller Centre to see first hand the activities which we are providing to the Deaf Community in Israel.

Also we would appreciate if you could send us information on sources/foundations/private individuals etc. whom we might approach for possible support. For your information, tax free donations may be sent to us through the PEF in New York (further information provided upon request). Thanking you in advance and looking forward to hearing from you. Contact me at Ina Merhav, Head of Special Projects, Association of the Deaf in Israel, Helen Keller Center, 13 Yad LeBanim, Tel Aviv, 61090 Israel, Fax: 03-7396419 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ina Merhav


Hello,

I came from country Ukraine. I was born city Lvov But now I live in city Los Angeles. I learned in Russian, but now that I shall spend a long time in America better. I am student of a school for a second year. My parents are alive. My mother and sister live in Israel. I am interested in the system of education in your country. Write it down, please.

Mikhail Streltsov
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Dear JDCC,

Although I am interested in volunteer opportunities, I would also like to find out if there are any employment opportunities. I have knowledge of Sign Language and Jewish costumes and traditions. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely,

Heather Diamond
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My name is Tracy Minkoff. I am currently a Senior at the University of Montevallo studying Family and Child Studies with a minor in Deaf Studies. I was wondering a couple of things about your organization. First of all I was wondering where are you based out of. Also if you had any positions that might be coming available this summer. I have no definite plans on where I want to live, but I was looking at Atlanta. Do you have a branch or office in Atlanta? I know this might sound strange but if someone would get in contact with me I would greatly appreciate it. It would a wonderful experience to get to work with Jewish people (growing up in Alabama they are pretty scarce) as well as deaf individuals all at one time. Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely,

Tracy Minkoff
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Dear Sir or Madame,

I stumbled on to your web site by accident, but what a wonderful accident it was! I am Jewish and am currently an Interpreting student in San Antonio, Texas. I attend services at the local Chabbad House here in San Antonio. There is a rather large Jewish Community here in SA, but to my knowledge there is no services for Deaf Jews here. Am I wrong? I have not personally met any Deaf Jews here in SA, but perhaps there is a small group of Deaf Jews here in SA that I didn't know about. If you have any information about Jewish Deaf in San Antonio, I would be so grateful. Thank you in advance,

Cortney Allison Mass
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Dear JDCC,

I am trying to find a member of the Deaf Community. My husband was separated from his Jewish father at a young age by his non Jewish mother. He cannot remember his last name however he does know his first name 'Sergio'. He should be in his 60's. He lived in the San Jose, California area and owned an auto body shop. My mother in law has passed on without sharing any information. If someone could contact me about this matter, we would appreciate it. P.S. His mother's name was Alice Ivy-Dunbar if that helps, also he was very accepted by his natural father. This is not someone who would not want to be found. We are both hearing and Sonny is an interpreter for the deaf. Please contact us at 201 W. China Grade Loop #A Bakersfield, CA 93308 661/392-0667 if you have any information. Thanks.

Sonny & Debra Dunbar

Hi,

I appreciated the article "Jewish Funeral and Mourning Customs" by Sharon Ann Soudakoff that I found during a web search. We recently lost a wonderful neighbor who was a Holocaust survivor. Being Christian, we were not totally aware of all Jewish customs related to death. The article answered many questions, and allowed our family to pay respects without a faux pas.

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Hi,

My name is Jamie Najmark. I work with the teen program at the Marin Jewish Community Center. I realize that you are not affiliated with JCC's, but I was hoping you could offer some assistance or spread my message to others that might be able to help. I am looking for an ASL instructor for a class at our Community Center. We are located about 30 minutes north of San Francisco. A Jewish ASL instructor would of course be a plus, but the position is open to anyone who could facilitate a once a week class with teens in basic ASL, (hearing or deaf). I know you are in Southern Cal, but if you know anyone, or know anyone who might know someone .... I would appreciate it. We are looking to get the class started as soon as possible. Thank you very much. To contact me: Jamie Najmark 200 N. San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA, 94947 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (415) 444-8053 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jamie Najmark

Hi,

I am looking for a room mate or room & board in San Fernando Valley, California. Male or family is okay I can rent a trailer or RV. Please let me know asap. Joe Lerman Contact Joe Lerman how much at tdd/fax (805) 241-0021 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February first. Thanks.

Joe Lerman


Hi,

I would like to address this to Rebecca Schoor, a student at R.I.T. Your article on the Birthright 2000 trip was excellent and I especially want to thank you for your mention of my son, Joey. You honored his memory so beautifully. One of Joey's reasons for learning sign language was because his beloved Grandma wore a hearing aid, as did his maternal grandmother (Bubby). I have some loss of hearing also and so it meant a great deaf to him to be able to communicate with everyone. He was an "equal opportunity" friend and hated for anyone to feel excluded for any reason. Rebecca, thank you very much! many thanks to Alicia Epstein for bringing Rebecca's article to my attention. And while I'm at it, I'd tike to express my gratitude to all the RIT/NTID and Drexel students, interpreters and faculty who have shared their loving memories of Joey with me and my family, we treasure each and every one.

Doreen Ferraro
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Hi,

I'm a certified interpreter just north of San Francisco in wine country. I interpret prayers and services for Jewish Deaf people, I have interpreted several bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings. I went to an orthodox day school as a kid. We are having a Chanukah party at my Deaf home (my partner is Deaf) Dec. 22, 2000 email me if anyone is in the area and would like to come!

Shoshanah Epstein
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Santa Rosa, CA


Hi,

It was a pleasure meeting Rachel Braver, Director of Public Affairs, at Deaf Expo 2000 in Long Beach, CA., on November 19. I was particularly impressed by the vibrancy and enthusiasm of all the Deaf persons I had the honor of meeting. I hope to be of assistance to anyone, deaf or hearing, who may find my services (New York Life Insurance) valuable. Thank you for providing a place for Deaf Jews to congregate.

Scott Semel
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