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Israel Deaf Football Team Does Shabbat With Chabad at Wimbledon

IsraelDeafFootballWimbledon, UK
April 27, 2010

(lubavitch.com) Last Friday night Chabad House at Wimbledon hosted the Israeli Deaf Football Team, who had come to the UK to play Great Britain in the first leg of the European Deaf Football Championships qualifying games.

(Photo taken before Shabbat began.)

Moshe Ivgi, Director of the Israeli Deaf Sports Association, brought his team of 25 to enjoy a traditional Friday night meal.

The Shabbat dinner was hosted by Rabbi Nissan and Sarah Dubov and their family, together with Ronnie and Loretta Harris. Guests participated in animated conversation in Ivrit, English and sign language, interspersed with lively Shabbat song and dance. As the dinner drew to a close, several of the participants stood up and expressed their appreciation for the warmth and hospitality they enjoyed at Chabad, and the memorable Shabbat experience.


Deaf Survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto

Attached are some photos from our April 11, 2010 event, a presentation by a Deaf survivor of the Warsaw ghetto. This event was sponsored by the Towson University Deaf Studies Program and Towson Hillel, and co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Education, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf, the ASL Club of Towson University, and the Campus Activities Board.

Over 100 people, including students from Towson and CCBC-Catonsville, as well as adult survivors from the Holocaust, attended the presentation, book-signing, and dinner. Thanks to all who supported this exciting collaborative event!

Sheryl Cooper

Credit: Steve Brenner

Source: WSJD ENews, April 27, 2010 edition.

Bergman Talk At Temple Beth Ami

On Tuesday, April 13th, Dr. Bergman delivered a talk on his book, Survival Artist: a Memoir of the Holocaust, at Temple Beth Ami [in Rockville, MD] as part of the annual Yom HaShoah observance. This program was funded through the temple's Oscar Pohoryles Holocaust Education Endowment Fund. The chapel, which seats about 100 to 150 people, was near full capacity. Temple Beth Ami was honored to have students, faculty and staff from Gallaudet University, the Jewish Deaf Community and members of the congregation at this program.  Sabrina Bergman and Carrie Quigley interpreted this event.

Dr. Bergman gave background information leading up to the Holocaust, read a very moving poem, "Campo dei Fior" and answered a wide range of questions, some of which included "Did your belief in G-d change as a result of the Holocaust?", "How did you educate yourself when Jews were not allowed to go to school?", and "How did your deafness affect your survival in the Holocaust?"  Following the program, people were able to purchase copies of his book, get his autograph and to have their picture taken with the author, which you will see in these slides.  We also thanks Steve and Dot Brenner, our photographers and videographer, for capturing this important event.  

Last but not least, we wish to thank Shelly Gordon, the Temple's Program Director, for making arrangements to make this program a reality.

Susan F. Cohen,
Member, Deaf Access Committee,
Temple Beth Ami


Credit: Steve Brenner

Source: WSJD ENews, April 27, 2010 edition.

Israel Festival in San Francisco Welcomes Deaf Community

For the second consecutive year, the "Israeli in the Gardens" festival, hosted by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, will be accessible to deaf people.

The festival with Israeli music, film, food and to celebrate our Jewish community and Israel’s 62nd anniversary, takes place on Sunday, June 6th from 11am to 5pm at Yerba Buena Gardens, in San Francisco, CA. Activities include art, music, food and games.

Elizabeth Stone says that there will be roving interpreters that assist deaf guests talk to the sales people at the art booths and information booths, a mainstage interpreter for the Opening Cermonies, an interpreted docent tour of the Contemporary Jewish Museum across the street, and a captioned film festival with international films, and kid activities.

"Last year we had a very good turn-out from the Deaf community – both Jewish and not.  Three generations of families came together.  People came from 50 miles away."

This festival is the largest celebration of Israeli culture in Northern California. Twenty thousand people are expected to attend this year.

For information or to RSVP for the docent tour at The Contempoary Jewish Museum, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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