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Coffee Jar Loaded With Coins

Deaf Digest mentioned the story of Simon Roffe, a resident in Maryland. While enrolled at a school in New York, he had a job delivering auto parts. His employer gave Roffe a quarter every time Roffe had to make a delivery, telling him to confirm that the delivery had been made. Since Roffe is deaf and could not use the phone, he would put these quarters in a coffee jar. One day two weeks later, the employer asked Roffe why he never made the calls. Roffe showed a coffee jar full of quarters and explained that he was deaf and could not use the voice phone. His boss was aghast as he had thought Roffe was a foreigner with a strange voice accent! Roffe, 21 and former president of NCSY's 'Our Way', was recently mentioned in the 'New York Daily News' for advocating Cued Speech as "a golden passport to new worlds". He says that while "ASL is crucial to maximizing one's social life, learning to cue early on helps in reading, academics and professional achievement... Without cueing, There's no way on earth I'd be where I am today." He is currently enrolled at New York University's Stern School of Business.

British Jewish Deaf Move In New Building!



After 49 years at their Cazenove Road headquarters, the Jewish Deaf Association in London moved into its brand new headquarters and Community Centre in North Finchley. The new building, named Julius Newman House after Julius Newman (deceased) who originated the idea of a centre for Deaf Jewish people, offers a games room with table tennis, pool table and library, technology centre with computers, communal rooms for education and training including signing and lipreading classes and will also host the Koleinu, a social and cultural group for Deaf Jewish children and youth. Also planned is social events and a Day Care Centre serving kosher meals. Evelyn Gee, daughter of the late Julius Newman, headed the several years of planning, searching, and eventually the 15month long building project which cost 600,000 pounds (about $930,000 U.S.).

Deaf Jewish Boys Sought For Traveling Theatre Group

theater Judy Wisch, California I Minstrels Manager with the Interlocken Center for Experiential Learning is searching male high school students who are fluent in ASL and interested in theater to join a Deaf and hearing theatre troupe who will give performances in northern California between July 2nd and August 5th. Scholarship is available for qualified applicants. For information on the project, visit their website at http://www.interlocken.org For more information, contact Wisch at 603/478-3166 TTYNoice, 603/478-5260 FAX or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Israeli Travel Agency Can Assist With Deaf Visitors

Keli Tours in Israel has a department called "Tourists with Special Needs". Manager Eli Meiri says she has served clients with disabilities for 15 years and is familiar with the needs of accessibility for people with several kinds of disabilities. Keli Tours provides tours including tours with" sign language interpreters and special equipment for 7 nights or longer in Israel as well as to Jordan, Egypt and the Near East. They can also arrange visits to Israeli centers of interest for assistive equipment such as equipment manufacturing plants, special healing treatments including full day to Mineral Spas and mud treatments at the Dead Sea along with historical and religious sightseeing tours. "We'd be very happy to suggest our best services to the people of the Jewish Deaf Community Center". For information, contact Meiri at Keli Tours Ltd,19 Hacharoshet Street, Raanana 43656, Israel, 972/9-7409408 FAX, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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