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Our Jewish Hearing Friends in Our Deaf Circle

Rabbi Barbara Aiello
Congregational Rabbi at Temple Beth El

Rabbi Barbara Aiello is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in Bradenton, Florida. She was ordained as a rabbi in 1999 from the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York City and served as student rabbi for Congregation Amchah in Ft. Lauderdale during her final year of rabbinical studies.

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The Story of the NCJD and JDC

The National Congress of Jewish Deaf (NCJD) was established in 1956 by Jewish Deaf leaders in New York City who realized the need for Jewish Deaf groups to join together to foster Judaism on a national level in their community. The leaders formed a committee and elected a chairman, Philip Hanover and a secretary, Harold Steinman, to plan a national convention. They decided to call it `The National Convention of the Jewish Deaf." The New York Hebrew. Association of the Deaf agreed to be the sponsor, and Mrs. Anna Plapinger loaned money to finance it.

The first convention was held at the Hotel Manhattan Towers in New York City and was considered a great success. In addition to the New York Hebrew Association of the Deaf, other founding organizations represented at this first meeting were Chicago Hebrew Association of the Deaf (now known as Congregation Bene Shalom), Cleveland Hebrew Association of the Deaf, and Philadelphia Hebrew Association of the Deaf. The first governing body was voted in with Philip Hanover as president; Leonard Warshawsky, vice president; Shirley Lerner, secretary; and Anna Plapinger, treasurer. The Philadelphia Hebrew Association of the Deaf was awarded the honor of hosting the second gathering in 1958. At the second convention in Atlantic City, N.J., a constitution and bylaws were approved, and a new name, The National Congress of Jewish Deaf (NCJD), was adopted.

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This Month's Video

Presentation made by Rabbi Fred Friedman during Chair Hour on May 15, 2016

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