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Twenty First Anniversary

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Beth Torah of the Deaf celebrates their 21st Annual Melave Malka on November 29, 1997 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Guest of honor is Michael J. Goldberg. The Kesher Shem Tov award will go to Rabbi and Mrs. Asher Goldsein.

Schaap Transfers To Yeshivah In New Jersey

msMichael Schaap, who was among the students of the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf (HSD) interviewed for an article on the Seminary in a previous issue of JDCC News, has informed JDCC that he has decided to leave HSD. "I most definitely still want to become a Rabbi for the Deaf, I just want to get educated by a different school. For the next nine months I am going to be studying at a Yeshivah in Morristown, NJ. I feel confident that I will learn a lot." Among the reasons given for this change, Schaap feels that HSD does not understand the needs of the Deaf as well as the Deaf student. Schaap, who is deaf, also feels that HSD did not have a sound and complete education plan. While he says Rabbi Goldhammer is "an incredible teacher," he explains that Goldhammer's schedule is so hectic that the class at first met monthly, then later it was changed to a single meeting. He also feels that HSD misrepresented themselves in saying that they would be accredited by The Jewish Theological Seminary by the time Schaap is ordained. Schaap has learned "through various means including Rabbi Lebeau, Vice Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, that this is not in fact true."

Beth Torah Hosts Forum

Beth Torah of the Deaf in New York is hosting a Forum in Brooklyn, NY on September 14th with community Orthodox Rabbis and Jewish deaf individuals to discuss the needs of, and ways of increasing awareness regarding deaf members in their congregations. They have compiled a questionnaire that they have mailed to Jewish Deaf organizations. "We understand that there are no simple solutions to the problems that deaf/hearing impaired persons face in the Orthodox community," Beth Torah of the Deaf board members elaborate, "but with your cooperation, this Forum could be a first step toward beginning to improve the situation and benefitting many." For more info., contact Beth Torah of the Deaf , c/o Michael Goldberg 1293 E. 21st St, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210.

Deaf Israeli Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

page9d Silent News has reported that a group of twelve boys and three girls from Kiach School for the Deaf attended a Bar Mitzvah ceremony for Avraham Molihov of Jerusalem which took place recently at the Conservative Congregation of Moreshet Avraham. This Special Prayer Service was organized by the Special Education Program in the Masorati Movement. Rabbi Howard Marcose says he would welcome any Deaf child from the English speaking world to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the holy city of Jerusalem. For information, contact Rabbi Marcose at Congregation Moreshet Avraham, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 011-972-2-672-3529 Voice.

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