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Dealing With War Is More Difficult For Deaf Israelis

The Jewish Agency Mag-Net in Israel reported that a Deaf family in Gilo sat in their living room facing the Palestinian town of Beit Jala unaware that they were now in a war zone until their TV set exploded. The parents and the children were all Deaf. "All of a sudden, there was a flash of light and the television exploded," recalls Yaakov Levi, "My daughter went into hysteria and fell on the floor. My wife, who was in another room at the time, was unaware that anything had happened and continued to walk around freely ....


Deaf Twin Towers Victim Buried In Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Post reported on November 6th that Leon Lebor, 51, was buried at Har Hamenuhot Cemetery in Jerusalem. Lebor was born in London, attended the Jewish Deaf School and trained as a furrier before moving to the United States in 1970. His parents immigrated to Israel in 1971. Lebor, who had become a florist, followed them in 1980 and worked as a flower arranger at the King David Hotel but had problems learning the new language. For this reason he decided to return to the U.S. and was working for a maintenance company at the World Trade Center when the planes crashed into it on September 11th.


Deaf Football Team 'Hot'!

The Baltimore Sun reported in its November 1 edition that the Maryland School for the Deaf is just one win away from a possible championship: In this article by Jeff Zrebiec, the Orioles team "were working themselves into a frenzy." Andy Bonheyo is head coach of the team along with Jerry Mabashov as assistant coach. "We are the same as hearing players," said Robin Shannon, a senior running back and safety. "Being deaf is not a challenge for us on the field." The Orioles, winning 8-0, is playing their best season in the school's history. Bonheyo, known for his intense and disciplined style, may be in his first year as coach but has eight National Deaf Prep championships under his belt-three titles at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. and five at the Texas School for the Deaf. I expected them to have a good year," said Bonheyo, 40, who also is deaf and who, like his players, spoke to a reporter through a sign-language interpreter. "They area goon group of boys, very talented, but I did not expect them to be undefeated." They bought into his system and picked it up real quick," said MSD athletic director Scott Morrison, "I don't think there is any coach who could do what he is doing." Bonheyo keeps a sign on his office door with the words, "Optimism is a way of life."

Nation's First Children's Museum on Deafness Opens

Susan Dodge, staff reporter with Chicago Sun-Times reported that Christopher Schroeder who is 10, signed 'When You Wish Upon a Star' in front of a crowd at the opening of the Children's Museum on Deafness, part of the International Center on Deafness and the Arts in Northbrook, IL. "This is cool," Schroeder said after his performance, looking around with a grin. Displayed were pictures of famous deaf individuals including Thomas Edison, Juliette Low who was founder of the Girl Scouts, and I. King Jordan who is the first Deaf person to be president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.



This Month's Video

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

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