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Dear Readers,

At this time as I write this, I am ecstatic to report that we are breaking JDCC's record for our Community Seder as we had over 200 early bird reservations and we still have over a month to go before the event takes place!!! I look forward to being with the larger Jewish Deaf Community to observe the Seder together as one!

The early bird may have expired HOWEVER it is NOT too late to make your reservations! Information is also on page 5. Don't forget to mark your calendar to attend JDCC's 9th annual Community Seder on Thursday, April 17th at 7 p.m.

Hadassah printed three deaf related articles in their November issue with Marlee Matlin appearing on the front cover, despite a numerous of errors and inconsistencies, they apologized on their behalf. To read all the deaf related articles, visit Hadassah's website at http://www.hadassah.org and link to the November, 2002 issue.

JDCC will have their elections in June so if you're interested in running for a Board position, contact us with a letter explaining the position you are interested in and what you would like to accomplish as a board member.

On behalf of JDCC, we wish you all a very happy and Kosher Pessach!


I work with special needs children, preparing them for their Bar Mitzvahs ...do you have good video tapes and/ or books? (beyond Elaine Costello's Religious Signing book with detailed signs for prayers (I'm beyond the simple ones ...wanting help with the more complex...). thanks for your help.

Ruth Anne Faust - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


My name is Nancy Levinson and I am a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I am nineteen years old, Reform, and am studying to be an interpreter for the deaf.

I just finished reading "Hear, or Sign, O Israel," the featured article in November 2002 issue of the Hadassh Magazine.

I am searching for a summer job and my ideal job would be to work in a Jewish/sign language environment. I was hoping that you could steer me in the right direction and make a few suggestions to me.

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you. Best,

Nancy Levinson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I need an interpreter to assist a deaf woman who has mild developmental disabilities. She participates in a Jewish Community Center activity group on Monday evenings (6:45-8:30pm) two times a month at the Jack Satter House in Revere, MA. Her current interpreter will be staying through March. I need someone to interpret in April, May, and June. Please let me know if you're interested. Call 617-558-6508. Thank you,

Judy Pearl - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director, Special Needs Services
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston


I was happy to find you article on a hero of mine - Legendary Hungarian Fencer, Ildiko Rejto. On http://www.jdcc.org/l 996/mar-apr/sports.htm you spell Ildiko's name as Uslaki Rejto. It is actually Ujlaki.

I am also annoyed that you would say she is a Jew and a resident of Hungary. That is like saying our hopefully next President Lieberman is a Jew but just an American "resident." I met Ildiko, and believe me she is a Hungarian that happens to be Jewish, as there are many other Hungarians who happen to be Unitarians, Catholics, and Buddhists... Thanks!

vissza@yahoo. com


I am an aspiring interpreter and Jewish, living in South Carolina. I would like to interpret for Services when I become certified, and I was wondering if you could help me out with locating Deaf Services in my area. I live in northern South Carolina, near the North Carolina border. Do you know of any Deaf Jewish group in my area? Thanks for your help. Please respond to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irene Barrett

Dear All,

I am a Jewish genetic counseling student at Cal State Northridge. I am currently doing my thesis which is based on the genetic counseling experiences of Jewish Deaf individuals. There is very little literature on this topic and I feel it is very important for the medical community. If anyone would like to participate in my research it only requires the participant to fill out a questionnaire or they can participate in an interview. Either way I will be grateful to anyone who is interested in my research.

Lisa Lelis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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