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My Silent Home in the World

My Silent Home in the World

Lilit Marcus
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4/13/15 3:35pm
FlyGirl

The first time was at a coffee shop in the Old Jaffa port of Israel. There is a deaf-and-blind theater company there, and next door a coffee shop staffed entirely by deaf employees raises money for the theater. There are laminated menus there that show basic signs in Hebrew Sign Language.

When our waitress came over, I immediately began chatting away in my native language, American Sign Language (ASL). It's a language I feel more comfortable in than Hebrew, Hebrew Sign Language, and sometimes even English. The waitress rolled her eyes and walked away.

Two minutes later, a different employee came over. "What the fuck are you doing?" he demanded in snappy ASL. "You're cheating." And just like that, we were bickering like siblings. Soon, we were chatting away about my experiences traveling in Israel and his desire to visit America.

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Dr. Simon Carmel, Deaf Storyteller and Author to appear in NY

Dr. Simon Carmel, Deaf Storyteller and Author to appear in NY

In celebrating 90 years Simon Carmel, who was a camper at Camp Peter Pan for Deafened Children in 1946 -1947, is coming back to give a performance at Cleary School for one night.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7PM - 10PM

Cleary School for the Deaf
301 Smithtown Blvd
Nesconset, NY

Dr. Carmel is a retired professor from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) - RIT, and an internationally known deaf magician.

For ticket and general information, contact Jayne DePasquale, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: www.clearyschool.org

 

Jewish Deaf Shabbaton, NY

Jewish Deaf Shabbaton, NY

Moshe Lehmann, Avrummy & Rochi Globman are co-hosting Our Way's Jewish Deaf Community Shabbaton at Congregation Bais Torah in Suffern, NY on June 5-6, 2015.

This event will include sessions led by Deaf Torah Scholars, all prayer, torah reader and classes in sign language and meals.

Congregation Bais Torah
89 West Carlton Road
Suffern, NY 10901

For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212 613-8234 Voice.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/1398195310447357/photos/a.1398544327079122.1073741829.1398195310447357/1566588466941373/?type=1&theater

A Walk in History: Albert Victor Ballin, a Portraitist and Actor

A Walk in History: Albert Victor Ballin, a Portraitist and Actor

Birth:     Mar. 12, 1861
              New York, USA
Death:   Nov. 2, 1932
              Downey
              Los Angeles County
              California, USA

Albert Victor Ballin
3/12/1861—11/2/1932

Albert Victor Ballin (not to be confused with the German shipping magnate), was a colorful character, prominent in the Deaf community, who had a promising early career as a portraitist, then became an actor in Hollywood shortly before the advent of the “talkies.” According to Deborah Meranski Sonnenstrahl’s Deaf Artists in America: Colonial to Contemporary, Albert Ballin was the son of a Deaf father, David Ballin, “a popular lithographer who operated an engraving business in New York and his son could often be found helping at the family business.” He was thus the first known Deaf artist in the U.S. who had a Deaf parent. He was born into a Jewish family, although it is unknown to what extent he identified as a Jew and maintained a connection to the Jewish community.

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