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Deaf Jewish Marriages In Israel Treated As Second Class

couple The Israeli Deaf Community is battling with the rabbinate. They claim that Deaf Jewish people wishing to marry through the auspices of the rabbinate are forced to undergo humiliating hearing tests by the rabbis. They say the tests are carried out in two ways—first they are asked to turn around and repeat what the rabbi behind them whonispers to them, and on the second test the rabbi hides his lips with his hand and whispers. If they successfully pass the test, the couple gets a regular marriage license, but if they fail, they get a special license for the Deaf, the insane and the minor"! A recent article reported that Erez and Silvey Zino from Neve Savyon received a marriage license for the deaf "despite the fact that their hearing is only slightly impaired". Silvey, 24, a bookkeeper and member of an organization for Deaf Rights, says We are well aware of our responsibilities to each other as a married couple, no less than the hearing... The rabbinate must focus on issues related to religion and not medical issues. The rabbis have no ability to determine what the extent of our hearing is and how we operate." Erez Zino, 26, a computer student at the Tel Aviv College asks "why do we need to go through a series of humiliating [experiences] in order to get married. Perhaps we do not hear and speak as well but it does not bother us in meeting everything that every hearing man is capable of. We have no brain deficiencies and we certainly understand what our responsibilities include." Aharon Inai, an attorney for the Deaf organization, declares that "the marriage license for the Deaf is suitable for the Middle Ages, and not the year 2,000.

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'Rosh Hashanah' Lecture In Virginia

The Northern Virginia Jewish Deaf and Washington Society of Jewish Deaf are co-sponsoring a lecture by David Kastor on the meaning of 'Rosh Hashanah' on Sunday, August 30th at the Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NVRC). For information, contact Jeff Dunefsky at 703/449-9846 TTY or email to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meet Deaf Jewish People On The Internet

The Jewish Community Online Deaf and Hard of Hearing organized a 'Deaf Jews' chat in their Jewish Life room. Its moderator says if enough participation and feedback takes place, they may consider expanding the chat to a more popular time slot and also include discussions from professionals in Deaf Education, families with Deaf members and even single Deaf Jewish people. A recent chat focused on 'When the Deaf Community isn't Jewish, and the Jewish Community isn't Deaf. How do you balance?' For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Researcher Seeks Help With ASL Translations

David Bar-Tzur in Rochester, NY is currently translating Jewish services into American Sign Language (ASL) and would like input on which siddur (prayerbook) to base the translation on. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and his website is at http://www.rit.edu/-dabdis.

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