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'Oliver!' Musical At Deaf West

kurz Deaf West Theater (DWT) in Los Angeles, CA recently completed its 25th theatrical production which raised positive reviews in local news papers. Their production of 'Oliver!', a musical production based on Charles Dickens' 19th century "Oliver Twist", had four Jewish actors: Joshua Ari Soudakoff in the lead role of 'Oliver', Koli Cutler interpreting for narrator and Fagin roles, the Josh & Jessica Breslow duet among the children's ensemble - Josh also voiced for Oliver, Carol Kline as Widow Corney, and Robert Steinberg who de signed the set. All performances were sold out until end of its run on June 25th. In picture, 'Oliver' (Soudakoff) appears with Bertha Kurz who saw the play on the last day. Kurz will turn 103 years old on August 16th!

Deaf Artists Tour Continues

Brenda Schertz of Boston, MA, guest curator for "Elements of A Culture: Visions by Deaf Artists" exhibit was on hand when the touring exhibit opened at the World Peace Bell Exhibit Center in late May in Covington, Kentucky. Held in conjunction with Kentucky's DeafFestival 2000, the exhibit is a collection of 16 Deaf artists done in varied styles and media completed between 1972 and 1999. Ms. Schertz is involved in the study of Deaf art and set up the first full Deaf art exhibit in 1995. The touring exhibit was in Seattle where more than 3,000 people viewed it in four weeks and for two weeks, more than 1,000 people viewed it in Boston.

Deaf Temple Celebrates 40th

On Sunday, June 11th, 103 people - ranging from 4 years old to 102 years old - attended Temple Beth Solomon's (TBS) 40th Anniversary event at a luncheon held at Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. Gerald "Bummy" Burstein emceed the event with Jewish jokes. TBS President Joe Slotnick presented awards to recipients as well as a honorary TBS life membership which was presented to TBS' former Rabbi, Alan Henkin. Rabbi Henkin was recently named as the Regional Director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations - Pacific Southwest Region. He had been TBS' Rabbi from 1980 to 1990. Hersh Man of the Year Award went to Sam Kadin, Hersh Woman of the Year to Elaine Aikins, President's Award to Marion Intrator, Mordechai Award to Ezra Levy, and Lifetime Honorary Membership was given to Jean Greenberg.

Miami Temple To Provide ASL Classes

Temple Israel of Greater Miami, FL is sponsoring a class in basic American Sign Language for 13 weeks starting on June 13th. Participants will learn about the Deaf culture and sign language. More than 200 signs will be taught. Students will also attend an event for deaf people and learn to interpret songs and prayers in sign language. Temple Israel is located at 137 NE 19th St., Miami. Their telephone number is 305-573-5900.


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