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Berkowitz To Direct Jewish Deaf Camp

Susan B. Stone, President of Camp Ramah has announced that Marla C. Berkowitz, president and cofounder of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, Inc. in New York City, has been appointed as Director of the Kesher Programs for Jewish Deaf at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Berkowitz becomes the first Deaf person to direct the program which provides educational and recreational programming to Jewish families with one or more deaf members and traditional overnight Jewish camp designed to meet the needs of deaf boys and girls. The first Deaf graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Master's in Jewish Education, she also serves on the board of the Jewish Deaf Congress. "My dream is to have a career that would enable me to work in the greater Jewish community on a full-time basis," she says, "Serving as Director of the Kesher Programs is helping me fulfill that dream." She will commute to the camp's Jenkintown, Pennsylvania offices during the winter.

Summer Dates For Kesher Program

Camp Ramah in the Poconos announces its 4th annual Kesher Camper Program for Jewish Deaf Youth ages 9 -15 years an overnight Jewish camping experience in Lake Como, PA.

This year's program will be from Tuesday, July 23 to Thursday, August 1, 2002. It is a 10-day Jewish camp experience under the directorship of a trained Jewish Deaf Educator. Campers will enjoy full use of all Ramah facilities and partially integrated programming with hearing campers. Trained Deaf counselors and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters will ensure that the campers have a fully accessible communication environment. The tuition is $1500 per camper. Please note that the costs reflect a uniquely qualified and specialist staff. If you are interested, but may need some financial assistance, please contact us! Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact: Marla C. Berkowitz, Kesher Program Director Camp Ramah in the Poconos The Pavilion, Suite 734 Jenkintown, PA 19046. Call 215-885-2637 TTY, 215-885-8556 Voice, 215-885-8905 FAX, or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

'Where Do Jewish Deaf Go?' Workshop

Marla Berkowitz is scheduled to moderate an "interactive dialogue workshop, "'Finding a Spiritual Home: Where Do Jewish Deaf Go?' at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 24th with dairy lunch to follow. Targeted at Rabbis and hearing individuals in the Jewish community to learn how to ensure better access for Deaf community members as well as Jewish Deaf individuals to strategies how to become more informed and interpreters, questions such as the following will be addressed: Where do Jewish Deaf go to in this secular society; why do large numbers of Jewish Deaf remain unaffiliated with synagogues and local Jewish Deaf organizations; who will keep the Jewish Deaf flame burning on behalf of the Jewish Deaf community? Continuing education credit is available. For information, contact Judy Fask at (508) 793-3038 TTY or e-mail to jfask@ holycross.edu.

Deaf German Painter

The Frankfurter Allgemeine in Frankfurt, Germany, reported in a recent article that Richard Liebermann who was born in 1900 was a deaf Jewish painter who converted to Catholicism. He painted a number of pictures including a portrait of Albert Einstein and also a portrait of Max Liebermann (not related). Although he was banned from exhibiting and working in 1933, he worked as an art teacher in 1936 at a Jewish institution in Herrlingen where Jewish citizens were preparing to emigrate to Palestine.



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