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Announce and Publicize your events in Advance!
Announce and Publicize your events in Advance! This is a message we say repeatedly to organizations and community leaders.

By the time we receive, or find out about announcements of holiday events and interpreted services, there may not be enough time to post their event information to JDCC News and give you enough time to make your plans, or the events may even have already happened.

If you had wondered why many event announcements you read in JDCC News are old or have already passed -- now, you know why! Please tell your local event organizers to inform JDCC News ahead of time!

I know you are frustrated, and we are frustrated also! We depend on people and organizations to inform JDCC of upcoming events. When we find out about their events, we contact them and request that they inform JDCC News ahead of time. Many of these events are planned at last minute without opportunity to announce in advance.

We still publish their events in JDCC News anyway - simply because we want people who live close to their events to know more about their local organization, and hopefully ask them to add advance time in planning and announcing their events!

We request PLEASE - if you want more people to participate - to send your event announcements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least six weeks in advance (or longer).

JDCC News Staff

Jewish Author includes Deaf Characters in books


Elyse Salpeter, an author has written a "Deaf thriller series" called FLYING TO THE LIGHT and FLYING TO THE FIRE.

FLYING TO THE FIRE"We seldom see Deaf Characters in mainstream literature," Salpeter explains, "and I'm aiming to change that. I am a Jewish author... Both books have been written up by Sharon Pajka, a professor at Gallaudet and have hit the top spots on many Goodreads Listopia lists for books with deaf characters.

Salpeter has spoken at various deaf schools and looks for different ways to showcase the novel to readers and followers. "I've found getting kids to read the most challenging thing in the community and seeing someone that "looks like them" is a great way to reach them."

The novels are about a young deaf boy who knows about the afterlife and now people are after him for the answer. In Book #1 he is just six years old and now in Book #2 he is thirteen, which I think is great because he is the real driver of the story. The family primarily uses sign language to communicate with him and they never consider his deafness a disability - it is simply a part of who he is.

Flying to the Light: http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Light-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00J8ZPKWG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412352649&sr=8-1&keywords=flying+to+the+light

Flying to the Fire: http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Fire-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00MDKZAG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412353230&sr=8-1&keywords=flying+to+the+fire

Source: Elyse Salpeter

Singer, sign language interpreter to combine in Randolph

Singer, sign language interpreter to combine in Randolph


Posted Sep. 28, 2014 @ 2:39 pm
Wicked Local Randolph

    Temple Beth Am, 871 North Main St., Randolph, will welcome back Sue Horowitz and EJ Cohen in a musical Shabbat residency, sponsored by the Arnold and Leona Rubin Adult Education Committee and TBA Outreach, Friday, Oct. 17 and Shabbat on Saturday, Oct. 18.

    Horowitz is a Jewish singer-songwriter from the rocky coast of Maine. Her voice combines the alto tones of Karen Carpenter with the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt.

    Cohen is a nationally certified ASL interpreter and holds MA degrees in Deaf Education and Jewish Education, and is considered the premier sign interpreter of Jewish music today.

    Together, they create melodies and visual prayer, a partnership of sight and sound.

    Prior to musical Friday night services at 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For dinner reservations, which are required ($15 per adult, $10 per child and a maximum $40 per family with children), contact 781-963-0440 before Oct. 10.

    Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 a.m., during which time Horowitz and Cohen will offer music and visual prayer. Services will be followed by a kiddush luncheon, after which the two guests will lead a discussion class.

    At 5:30 p.m., a light supper and brief evening service will be held, followed by a musical havdalah service. Let the office know by Oct. 9 if you plan to attend to plan accordingly for food.

    All programs will be interpreted for the deaf.

Source: http://randolph.wickedlocal.com/article/20140928/NEWS/140926654

Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:11
Suzanne Kurtz Sloan, JTA     
Jewish News

WASHINGTON — Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94% of her hearing from the congenital degenerative condition.



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