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Young Jews Visit Israel

Naomi Weinstock already knows many of the things she's hoping to bring back with her from Israel: plenty of pictures, memories of time spent with her sister who's studying in Jerusalem, and a stronger connection to Judaism.

That strengthened connection to her religion is what Birthright Israel, which paid to send 19-year-old Weinstock and 34 other young people from the Rochester area to Israel, is all about.

Rabbi Robert Morais, executive director of Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges, explained that a number of years ago, some very influential Jewish philanthropists decided that one of the ways to help young adults connect to the Jewish culture was to have them visit Israel.

Birthright Israel groups go at various times but the most popular times are at winter break and just after classes end in the spring. During winter break 2003, 10 students from Rochester Institute of Technology, including six students from the National Technical Institute of the Deaf; nine from the University of Rochester, including Weinstock; and one each from Eastman School of Music, the State University College at Geneseo and Monroe Community College, went to Israel for a 10-day trip from December 23rd to January 5th.

Weinstock was excited that she would be able to see everything. She looked forward to every stop, especially the old city of Jerusalem and the Western Wall.

She's heard that people really can float on the Dead Sea, and she just might try. She said, "I hope to be able to come back and sit down with people and show them my pictures and say this is an amazing place and there's no reason to be scared."

The six Jewish Deaf students at National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. were: Gloria Farr, Mark Farr, Donald Slate, Adam Stone, Michael Pearlman, and Jesse Maleh).

Caption "Bloopers" Amuse PA Woman

Shirley Glassman doesn't consider herself a couch potato, but she regularly watches CNN, FoxNews and local news broadcasts. The East Torresdale, PA resident, who lost most of her hearing from a childhood disease, uses closed-captioning to find out what's going on in the world. Over the last several years, she has noticed obvious spelling mistakes, especially during live broadcasts like television news.

"It was annoying in the beginning", Glassman said, "Then I focused on them in a more humorous light." Recently she was watching a report about "Iraq Kiss." It should have read "Iraqis", she said.

Glassman, 77, keeps a notebook with her and jots down the more comical mistakes. She said, "it became an unexpected, interesting hobby." Her new pastime has gained her attention from the Deaf community as well. For the last three years, Deaf Digest, a free Deaf news mailing list, has published the bloopers she found while watching TV. One of her Internet friends told the Deaf Digest editor about Glassman.

A few months ago, Signews, a new monthly national newspaper written by CSD of South Dakota, also asked her to send bloopers. The newspaper prints the bloopers in its humor section as a comic strip. No wonder her nickname is "the blooper lady."

Glassman is a graduate of Gallaudet College (now University), the world's only liberal arts university for the Deaf. She has taught sign language at numerous schools and colleges, including the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Holy Family University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other day and night schools including Northeast High School. Now retired, she still works as an editor. She was a consultant on the revision of a sign-language book in 1971 titled "A Basic Course in Manual Communication," which was published by the National Association of the Deaf. She also helps proofread and edit the Hebrew Association of the Deaf (HAD) newsletter.

Glassman says she finds the majority of closed-captioning errors during live broadcasts. The reporters are talking so fast that the person typing the captions has a tough time catching up. Sometimes, she has found, entire words are missing. A few of the memorable mistakes she has caught include stewdents (students), eye sickles (icicles), Poke Knows (Poconos) and cereal killer (serial killer).

While many deaf people like Glassman can read lips and catch the mistakes in the closed captions, she explained that "lip reading isn't one-hundred percent anyway," especially when the person on TV is not facing the camera. Despite the mistakes made by captioners, closed captioning has opened the world of television to people in the Deaf community. Glassman's husband, Leon commented, "For years, it was a tragedy for deaf people to watch TV and feel left out."

Deaf Reservist Ordered to Serve in Yesha

A deaf IDF reservist who has never fired a weapon has been called for reserve duty in a Yesha area, Ma'ariv online reports. Repeated requests from the reservist to cancel the assignment have been rejected. His attorney has turned to the IDF ombudsman who is investigating the situation, the report adds. "Yesha" is a Hebrew acronym for the regions of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

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