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Hearing Father Of Four to Help Deaf Jewish People

Avromi Freilich recently graduated from a one year course at the Jewish Deaf Association (JDA) in London, England. Also enrolled in his fourth year studying speech and language therapy at City University, Freilich, 30, is father of four children and oversees Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue's elderly care program and also plans to have synagogue events interpreted in sign language. He recently interpreted the speeches of the rabbi and the bat mitzvah girl who s hearing who had deaf grandparents. "It was so moving," he says, "It made the simcha..." Sue Cipin, JDA executive director says "Avromi has put his heart and soul into it. Being associated with a reverend who is able to communicate with deaf people and who has learned about their needs means so much to the JDA, whose members are often totally excluded from religious life because they cannot understand the proceedings". Freilich says "Communicating with deaf people will be a significant part of my work so I thought it was important to converse in sign language." JDA recently had its second signed Shabbat service at Finchley.

Two Interpreters Work At Ohio Temple

Lori Henderson and Mark Howdieshell were recently mentioned in an article in the Cleveland Jewish News for their work in interpreting services at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. "We must be synonymous, simultaneous and beautiful," says Howdieshell explains. "There is such an interconnectedness between culture and language," Henderson elaborates, "An interpreter is always simultaneously mediating between the two." In addition to representing the speaker's ideas with their hands, an interpreter tries to convey the nuance of the speech intonation, emotion and the personality of the speaker.


Seminar To Help Parents Deal With Prejudice

A London, England publication reported that the Jewish Deaf Association held a seminar to help parents of deaf children deal with prejudice at school and university. "This is a rarely discussed topic but one which needs to be aired so that parents can tackle prejudice at an early age and be prepared for it when the need arises, if or when it does" says spokesman Mira Goldberg. The seminar was held in early October at JDCA's community center in North Finchley.

JDRC To Host Workshops

Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC) and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun is welcoming Deaf, Deaf-Blind, children of Deaf adults and sign language interpreters to participate in their 2002-2003 workshop series 'Jewish Literacy: Rituals & Celebrations'. Scheduled for May 2003 are 'Bar and Bat Mitzvah' and 'Birth Ceremonies and Funerals'. Kosher lunch is included in the registration fee. It will be presented at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street in New York City by Marla Berkowitz, Jewish Deaf Educator; Naomi Brunnlehrman, Hebrew to ASL interpreter; and Carole Lazorisak. For information, e-mail JDRC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 212-396-9672 TTY, 212-452-2766 FAX, 914-7614755 Voice or write to JDRC, 215 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10021.


This Month's Video

Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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