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Gallaudet Event To Recognize Schmitt

Gallaudet University will honor Helena P. Schmitt among other receipients of awards during their 29th annual Charter Day Banquet and Awards Program on March 14, 1998. This event, which celebrates the signing of Gallaudet's charter in 1864, is co-hosted by Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) and will take place at the Gallaudet Kellogg's Center. Schmitt will be honored with the GUAA Pauline "Polly" Peikoff 'Service to Others' Award. Schmitt, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, graduated from Gallaudet in 1971 and is very actively involved with several organizations. In observance of tenth anniversary of Deaf President Now, the annual Charter Day Banquet and Awards Program was moved to March instead of April in order to combine with the University's plans for some DPN-related commemorative events and activities being scheduled during that time. Phil Bravin, '66 of New York, who serves as member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, will be Master of Ceremonies.

All They Ask For... Is Interpreters!

pp9An article written by Stuart Vincent that appeared in Newsday (N.Y.) reported that Louis and Ruth Kizner, a hearing couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, told their guests not to bring gifts. "When you're married 50 years, what do you need?" Ruth Kizner was quote, "Good health, that's all". The only request they had was that the guests make donations to a fund so that Temple Emanuel in New Hyde Park could provide sign language interpreters. Thanks to generosity of the guests, interpreters were provided for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services and will make it possible to have its monthly Sabbath services interpreted as well! The idea came up when they had to hire an interpreter for a synagogue service marking their Golden Anniversary in January. "I knew the Rabbi was going to say nice things about us, and my daughter in law is deaf," Ruth explains. She, then, learned there were also two deaf members of their own congregation and so the idea for the interpreter fund came up.

Israeli Native Displays Art At Gallaudet

The Washburn Arts Center at Gallaudet University recently hosted a display of oil paintings by Uzi Buzgalo titled 'Compositions in Color'. A reception and lecture was held on Wednesday, October 22nd to kick off the week-long showing. Buzgalo was educated at the Jerusalem School for the Deaf and began formal art training at the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem when he was eleven years old. He also studied sculpture and lithography at Tel Aviv's Art Museum before entering an art residency program and is well known for his role in Kol Demama, Israel's dance company composed of both Deaf and Hearing performers.

New Judaic Studies Program In Jerusalem & Rehovot

pp8bIncreased awareness arising from the tragedy in Israel six months ago in which eight people including Shimon Malka's daughter were killed by a Jordanian during a visit near the Israel/Jordan border, Yeshiva University Alumni Association, the Jewish Agency and United Jewish Appeal, funded a new project which they say provides a way for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Israelis to explore and connect with each other and their Jewish identity. Shimon Malka and his wife, are deaf, has had to struggle in the hearing world since the death of their hearing daughter. Rabbi Chanoch Yeres, the project's leader, was quoted by the UJA Press Service as saying "We found there was no real vocabulary when it came to Judaism for the deaf...We wanted to make the religion more accessible to people whose handicap prevented a fuller understanding of the many facets of Judaism." Over two dozen people are now participating in weekly seminars which are interpreted. Rohrat Cohen, one of the participants, says the Judaic Studies project "provides an essential service. Deaf people don't have many places to go, learn and socialize. I come here to meet and see people." Also part of the project involves sensitivity training of Rabbis and teachers.


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