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Preparing for Passover

Celebrating Passover 5758
Passover is one of the major Jewish holidays held every year. It starts at sunset on the fifteenth day of the Jewish month Nisan and it lasts for eight days outside of Israel.

What Is Passover?
Pessach is Hebrew for Passover, which stands for 'the Festival of Freedom'. This is when we celebrate freedom of the Jewish people as they left Egypt in the year 2448 according to the Jewish calendar. This year, it starts on Friday, April 10th, 1998 and ends with havdalah on Saturday, April 18th, 1998 after the appearance of the stars (approximately 42 minutes after sunset).

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Deaf Jews In Sports

page6Mike Weinstock
Is Not Ready To Retire Despite Meeting All Goals!

Mike Weinstock, the athletic director and girls' basketball coach at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD), on the Gallaudet campus, had his future preordained in a statement that was muttered by Bob Bergan, his high school basketball coach. Bob said "Mike has always been interested in statistics."

Because keeping stats indicates an aptitude for detail and planning, the ascendancy of Mike to the MSSD athletic director's post last year was a perfect fit! Serving as athletic director for one of the nation's biggest schools for the deaf is no picnic - dealing with schedules, budget, coaches, transportation, concession stands, etc - would drive frazzled athletic directors to distraction. Not Mike - he handles these details with aplomb.

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Jewish Deaf Profile

page7A hard of hearing doctor that tends to patients' ears
Dr. Stephen Epstein

There are doctors that are either deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Stephen Epstein is one of them, but what sets him apart from most of his deaf and hard of hearing colleagues? He is a otologist, the one who specializes in the ear, nose and throat. He has been in the medical profession since 1969.

"Are you the only hearing impaired otologist around?" was one of the first questions asked of Epstein. "No, Dr. Paul Hammerschlag, who is hearing impaired, has his own New York practice," he said.

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Young Adults Corner

page10TALI DAGAN
Tali Dagan, dramatist extraordinare has always known she would be involved with drama. She fell in love with drama when she did a short skit at a camp. It was what you might call "love at first sight". Knowing she was interested in drama, she pursued any acting openings at Deaf West theater in Los Angeles, California State University at Northridge (CSUN), and in San Diego.

Participating in drama ambiguously for the past five years, Tali has been involved in various productions including "Cinderella", "His Wife", "Aladdin", "Alice in Wonderland", "Grease", "Napkins and a Pen", and "Second Chance". While she is unsure if she wants to pursue acting full time in the future as a career, especially due to the lack of deaf actors, she definitely wants to remain involved with acting as a hobby.

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