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Booklet Clarifies Use of CI On Holy Days

Our Way, an Orthodox Jewish organization for Deaf Jews, has published Part I of The Toras Hacheresh Guidebook, A Practical Guide to the Use of Electronic Hearing Devices On Shabbos and Yom Tov by Rabbi Mordechai Shucatowitz. Rabbi E. Lederfeind, Our Way's founder said, "There are many people who know Halacha and there are many people who know deafness, but very few who know both. Rabbi Shucatowitz has been sent to us from Heaven! He has been a source of inspiration and guidance to many many Orthodox families that have deaf children. In order to publish his works he had to do a tremendous amount of research and consultation with rabbis here and in Israel. He really understands how a hearing aid and cochlear implant work. The problem with these things are the use of batteries and the flashing lights on Shabbos. He resolves all these issues." The 23 page booklet is $10 postpaid from: Our Way, 11 Broadway, 13th floor, New York, NY 10004, Att: Batya Jacobs.

Deaf Runner In LA Marathon

Erick Posner completed the 26.2-mile Los Angeles Marathon on March 2nd with a time of 7 hours, 2 minutes, 44 seconds. He accomplished this after two decades of a self-described sedentary lifestyle. Changing his lifestyle began soon after Posner, age 29, had just moved to Visalia, Calif. He knew no one, and spent his days in front of a computer or the television. One night in June last year, Posner got a sign that he needed to change his life terrible shooting pains in his legs. Posner decided to exercise and began using a treadmill in the small gym at his apartment complex. At first it was just walking. Later the walking turned to a jog, that jog to a run. By October, he was running three to four days a week. When Posner decided to try a marathon, he looked to longtime friends and avid runners Robert and Terrylene Manganelli for training help.

Soon Posner was running four miles, three to four days a week. Every other weekend he traveled to Santa Monica to train with Terrylene Manganelli, running increasing distances. After overcoming problems with controlling his breathing and finding a good-fitting pair of shoes, Posner was ready for his first marathon. Or so he thought. Twelve miles into the race, blisters started forming on Posner's feet. His legs started cramping. Stopping at first aid tents, Posner had liquid skin poured on the blisters and ice packed on his legs. For the next 14 miles, he hobbled along in pain. He had come this far; he was not going to quit. "I will ... finish this marathon no matter if I have to crawl," he said. Crossing the finish line he went immediately to a first aid tent. In addition to blisters, he also had second degree burns on his shoulders from seven hours in the sun. "I was there for 30 minutes recovering," Posner said. "I did console myself with the fact that I pressed on to finish the marathon with the knowledge that I will do better next time." Next time is the 8-mile Bay to Breakers run in San Francisco in May. He also plans to run in the Seattle Marathon in November of this year.

Testimonial Brunch for Lawrence Newman

Lawrence "Larry" Newman, a retired Deaf teacher and administrator in California, is being honored with a testimonial brunch at the Ontario Airport Marriott in Ontario, Calif. on June 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. after the California School forthe Deaf-Riverside Alumni Association (CSDRAA) reunion. The brunch event is hosted by Friends of Larry Newman with proceeds going to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Deadline for registration is May 15th. For more information contact: Friends of Larry Newman, c/o Bob Greathouse, 2191 Elsinore Rd., Riverside, CA 92506.

Brandeis-Bardin Institute Receives Grant

Thanks to a grant from the Ziegler Foundation, up to four Deaf students may attend the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI) June 17 to July 13 session with interpreters and free tuition. Rabbi Scott Aaron, Director of Education, says that one Deaf student has already signed up. For information and application, go online to http:// http://www.thebbi.org/bci. BCI is a program of the Brandeis Bardin Institute, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis, CA 93064.

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