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Signed Talmud Study Videos

Agudas Yisroel now has 20 videotapes of Navi shiurim sessions with "qualified volunteer signers" available for use by Jewish Deaf people in classes and Torah study opportunities. These videotapes are of activities led by Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rav of Agudas Yisroel Zichron Chaim Zvi and were shot at Flatbush Congregation Ahizer which took place after Shabbat during the winter. Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, director of the Torah Projects Department at Aguda Yisroel says they hope to expand their Torah services to deaf people with other signed shiurim in the future.

Gimmee Jimmy's Hits $1M

The October 1996 Issue of New Jersey Monthly reported that Gimmee Jimmy's Cookies in West Orange, New Jersey hit $1 million in sales during 1995. Gimme Jimmy's Cookies is owned by Jimmy Libman who used his mom's "super-secret" chocolate chip cookie recipe to launch his company. Three-quarters of Libman's employees are deaf as well as Libman, himself who is also Jewish.

Matlin Gets Great Reviews


Marlee Matlin has a new movie on Home Box Office (HBO) starring with James Garner, "Dead Silence".

In a TV Guide Review, the movie was rated 8 out of 10!!!

It is about a busload of seven deaf school children with their teacher Melanie (Marlee) who got hijacked by three escaped convicts and uses them as hostages.

It will be shown on January 11, 14, 20, 23, 26 and 29th. Check your local TV Guide for times.

Marlee Matlin also appeared on Rosie O'Donnell on Friday, January 10th talking about her movie, "Dead Silence". Rosie and Marlee talked about their doll collections. Marlee gave her the Farah Fawcett Doll and Rosie surprised her with her favorite doll, Mrs. Beasley that she had lost hers somewhere!!! Marlee had a surprise for her dad, the audience flashed cards, GET WELL DAD.




Former student Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, who used to work at Temple Beth Or of the Deaf in New York in the late 1970's, was recently mentioned in the Hadassah Magazine. She is now in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she leads a hearing congregation of forty artists. She explains that she mixes New Mexico's culture with other cultures. "Jewish people feel more at home with their tribal roots," she explains. Since 1976, Gottlieb has been traveling around the world to share stores on renewing the spirit of Judaism. The article says she uses sign language, drumming and dance to convey the message.

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Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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