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Presentation on experiences of Deaf Jewish during Holocaust

Presentation on experiences of Deaf Jewish during Holocaust

Mark Zaurov gave a lecture at the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City on Nov. 9, 2014.

His presentation, "European Deaf Jews and the Deaf Community under National Socialism" was attended by over 150 people.

He talks about the experience of Deaf Jews during the Holocaust. The Museum website says "Mark Zaurov, a doctoral student at the University of Hamburg and a former United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow, will lecture in ASL (with interpretation provided) on the former European Deaf Jewish world completely destroyed by Nazis, as well as clarify common misconceptions about the experience of Deaf Jews during the Holocaust."

Source: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-european-deaf-jews-and-the-deaf-community-under-national-socialism-registration-12710699043


A Tour of the Matzah Factory

A Tour of the Matzah Factory

Deaf NYC News

Tour: Thursday, March 19th - NOON.
Where: New York City

Passover is just around the corner, and the smell of matzah fills the air. So what do you do? Come join us on a tour of Streit's Matzah Bakery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan!

Tour starts at noon, followed by lunch at a nearby kosher restaurant. It is open to the community.

Admission to the matzah factory is free; participants buy their own lunch.

If you have any questions, please email directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Interpreting Services, Inc.


Mark Zaurov at international Shoah Foundation conference in California

Mark Zaurov at international Shoah Foundation conference in California

Mark Zaurov participated in a panel "Oral History and Mediation" on 17 November 2014.

Representing University of Hamburg, Mark spoke on "Deaf Holocaust Survivors on Visual Media."

This panel was part of an international conference "Memory, Media, and Technology: Exploring the Trajectories of Schindler's List" held at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

The conference was hosted by the university's Shoah Foundation, The Institute for Visual History and Education."

According to description on the conference website, Mark " is an independent scholar and a doctoral candidate at the University of Hamburg. He has won fellowships with the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), among others. Zaurov's research interests include Deaf Jews in Art, Politics and Sciences, and the Deaf Holocaust.

"He founded the Association of Deaf Jews and descendants in Germany, the only association following in the footsteps of the Jewish Deaf Association founded in 1896 and destroyed in Nazi Germany in 1937. Under his presidency and in collaboration with the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs, he initiated a free-standing digital memorial board in the heart of Berlin commemorating the predecessor association in German and International Sign Languages. He is currently working on the production of education materials about the Deaf Holocaust, Deaf Jews and Deaf Nazis in the NS-era in German Sign Language.

"He has published books about Deaf Jews, including Gehörlose Juden - eine doppelte kulturelle Minderheit (Deaf Jews - a double cultural minority), and about the fate of Deaf persons in Nazi Germany, including The Deaf Holocaust: Overcoming the Past, Determining its Consequences and Finding Solutions for the Present."

Source: https://sfi.usc.edu/research/conferences/2014_international/speakers


Join Us in Washington for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

Join Us in Washington for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

January 13, 2015
Jordan Dashow
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Last month, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), which enables people with disabilities and their families to create tax-exempt savings accounts, which can build up to $100,000 in savings to help pay for long-term expenses without risking losing government benefits. This bipartisan legislative accomplishment was an important victory for the Reform Movement’s advocacy for disability rights, and in fact, for the whole disability rights community. The ABLE Act has been a major focus of the advocacy work of the Jewish Disability Network, a coalition of Jewish organizations advocating for disability rights and co-chairs by the Religious Action Center and the Jewish Federations of North America, and last year, Jews from across the country came together on Capitol Hill to lobby for passage of the ABLE Act on Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD). While the passage of the ABLE Act should be applauded, there is more that needs to be done.

Across the country, Jewish communities are finalizing their preparations for Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) in February, a time when the North American Jewish community comes together to raise awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in Jewish communities worldwide. JDAM provides an opportunity for Jews to reflect on how inclusive their Jewish communities are and the steps that need to be taken to make their communities fully inclusive of people with disabilities. Start thinking today about how your congregation can be more inclusive of Jews with disabilities! The new URJ-Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center provides a myriad of resources for communities looking to become more inclusive of people with disabilities.



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