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Dear Readers,

JDCC Community Seder was an successful event with 235 participants breaking history with the largest turnout ever.

Based on a survey that was given out at the end of the seder to take home and mailed to us, 99% enjoyed themselves and want to have one Community Seder next year so we hope to either continue solely or co- host it with Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf if they are interested. Many participants were able to understand and follow the Haggadah through the multimedia video concept. Some want to make the dinner earlier, while we understand this, this is a Community Seder where we are gathering to observe Passover, we start after the holiday begins which is the candlelighting time. We may consider adding a social hour - an hour before we start the Seder-so participants have a chance to chat with their friends for a bit before we get involved in following the videotape... in one suggestion from last year, we put a bowl of water with napkins for hand washing on each table which was a nice transition from long lines to do it twice. This saved a lot of time especially in a large crowd. A new suggestion in this year's survey was to add a disposable camera on each table to take pictures!

Special thanks to the four SSP (support service provider) interpreters who contributed their time in assisting the deaf-blind participants: Pinky Aiello, Bernardette Blakely, Richard Fendrich, and Shari Hanaumi.

We will write a letter of request to get funding to do a brand new video for next year's seder as we have used the current video for three years. Hearing participants expressed concern about the voiceover quality as it was a bit off with the timing in some parts. Oralists would like us to caption the video where the speakers are signing as they may not be fluent in signing and yet can't hear the audio so we will aim to get the tape captioned in the new video.

Anyone interested in being on the 2004 - 10th Annual JDCC Community Seder Committee or the filming project or ideas how to improve the videotape, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mark your calendar: Second Evening April 6th, 2004,Tuesday at Adat Ari El.

Have a great summer and hope to see you all at the Jewish Deaf Congress's conference on July 7-12 in Las Vegas, NV.



I am a hearing ASL student at El Camino College. This looks like a very valuable site for practicing fingerspelling. I will refer my teacher and classmates here.

Linda Dorfmont
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My name is David and I enjoy working with people who can't hear because I have been working with sign language if you can please sent me information with sign language for me. Thank you for all your help.

David Cohen
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Hello!!

I am learning AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) and am presently doing a study on The History of the Deaf . . starting from as far back as I can go!!! I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me with the Deaf Jewish history ... attidudes towards the Deaf, education and how it began, the rights or non-rights the Deaf had etc. etc. Any information would be wonderfully and greatfully received!!! I think this a fantastic website!!! Happy signing to you all!!!

Yvonne van Gyen
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Hello,

My name is Talya Cohen, I'm 17 year old and I go to yeshiva high school of Frisch (in Paramus NJ) I am very interested in working with deaf Jewish children. I can hear and I don't know sign language but I definitely want to learn. I really would like to help so if you know anyone who could use my services please contact me, thank you for your time.

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This is a great site!!!! I took ASL in college and love it. I just moved back to Miami and would love to more involved in the Deaf Community. I work at a local Temple, Bet Breria. I know they would love have the Jewish Deaf Community get involved in the Temple. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about how I could get involved and meet new people.

Melissa Levenson
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Shalom!

I am a second year Jewish student in Santa Barbara learning sign language, I found this website and it made me very proud. Thanks!!!

Lyndsey Gibbons
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To Whom it may concern.

I have been working as a freelance court reporter for the past nine years and I am looking to branch my career into Realtime work with hearing impaired students. I bring my laptop to work with me daily and as I take down testimony it appears simultaneously on my computer in English. If you know of anybody that may need my services please contact me. Thank you.

Debbie DeLoof
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