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SIGI TEMPEL
Sigi Tempel, a Brazilian Jew from Sao Paulo was born in Leipzig in 1921, the son of an Orthodox Jewish family. At the age of 17, with the help of "Joint", he left Nazi Germany for Rio de Janeiro where, five years later, he became a designer for industry. He soon began to express his mystic visions in oil paintings and his concern about ethics and morality began to show themselves in his art when he found that in the grain of wood he could express his feelings, ideology and thoughts. In the National Year of the Disabled, he painted "EFETA" as homage to the deaf mutes of the world and this painting was purchased by UNESCO and has now been reproduced by the Brazilian Postal Authorities, as postage stamp.

He is married with three children and believes in upholding his Jewish tradition and background.

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Jewish Deaf Students Interviews

In the last issue, we reported on education for Jewish deaf children. How can a deaf child get a formal Jewish education? My husband David and I have two deaf sons. Which school should we send them to? Is there a such program? We interviewed seven students that attended a Jewish Day School in the Greater Los Angeles area and here is their experiences.

Judy Shmovic Gunter - Activist
image Judy and I met through our speech therapist, Barbara Bain's office in Westwood in the early 1960's.

Judy explains that she got her Jewish "education" by growing up in an orthodox household with Jewish books from the library or bookstores.

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Deaf Jews In Sports

Ranked Nation's Top Figure Skating Dance Team
Eve Chalom
image Eve Chalom, a young deaf woman and a high school senior at Grove High School, Birmingham, Michigan, has been rated among the nation's best figure skating dance team. She has been skating competitively with Mathew Gates, who is not deaf, for several years in the Championship Dance events. They won several tournaments and finished high in other tournaments. The biggest accomplishment was winning the 1995 U.S. Junior Ice Dance championship, which led them to an appearance on the Chrysler Exhibition of Champions program. It was their second national championship in three seasons. And it led to invitations to perform in skating shows out of state; previously they performed locally.

After successfully passing all compulsory skating tests in gold level dances and gold level free dances to move up a notch from junior level to senior level, their summer has been extremely hectic, skating in three big time senior events, while representing USA.

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