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Origins Of Sign Language

Eva B. Dicker-Eiseman from Milwaukee, WI in tracing the origins of sign language, says "As an educator of the Deaf and a person who has studied Sign Language for many years and for whom Sign Language was a first language (as a Jewish CODA) I want to bring your attention to one fact. Sign language was not invented by a priest.


New Additions To Jewish Deaf Hall Of Fame

The Jewish Deaf Congress/National Congress of Jewish Deaf has announced the following new inductees: Leon Auerbach - General Leadership (deceased), Irvin Friedman - Religion (deceased), Cecil Weinstock - Religion (deceased) , Barbara Boyd - Religion, Max Ray - General Leadership, Alfred Sonnenstrahl - General Leader ship, Joe Dannis - Professional, Harvey Goodstein - Professional, Danny Fine - Sports, and Sharon Ann Dror - Sports. They will be honored during the Shabbat dinner at the Jewish Deaf Congress's biennial convention in Washington, D.C. on August 16, 2001.

New Book Focuses On Kitty Fischer

bookKitty Fischer, born to a Cajun family in rural Lousiana, first left home for education at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, then left her people altogether for the promise of a better life at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Graduated, working as a librarian at her alma mater, married and raising a son, Fischer had little reason and little time to contemplate the people and places she had left behind. Her discovery that she had Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that causes both deafness and blindness, however, proved to be an unlikely catalyst toward revisiting her cultural roots, a powerful story movingly told by authors Cathryn Carroll and Catherine "Kitty" Hoffpauir: "Fischer in Orchid of the Bayou: A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness". In coming to terms with Usher syndrome, Fischer learned of the high incidence of the condition among Cajun people; suddenly, what seemed like disparate parts of her life began to come together. "Now, as an adult, I undertook to learn about the heritage that was my birthright and slowly managed to overcome some of the ignorance that occurs when one is cut off from one's hearing family by being deaf." Orchid of the Bayou is a story not only of personal triumph but also of the multiple cultural traditions - Deaf, Blind, and Cajun - that comprise one woman's genuinely postmodern identity.

Kesher Camp

Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Pennsylvania will be having their 6th Annual Kesher Family Camp on June 27 to July 1st. The family camping model of Ramah enables children and their parents to relax and learn together as a family as well as allowing time for age appropriate programming to take place. All facilities at Camp Ramah include excellent sport, camping, arts and educational staff. In addition, the Kesher Family Camp staff includes deaf and hearing professionals who specialize in areas such as Jewish Education, Liturgy, and Deaf Education, American Sign Language interpreters are also on staff. $400 per adult, $300 per child. Contact Susan Gottesman, Kesher Program Director at 610/789-7490 TTY or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


This Month's Video

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

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