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Louise Stern: 'I didn't think I would ever live in the hearing world, let alone write in it'

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Louise Stern, writer and artist. Photograph: Pal Hansen for the Observer

 

Lisa O'Kelly
The Observer, Sunday 30 May 2010

 

Louise Stern: 'I didn't think I would ever live in the hearing world, let alone write in it'

Louise Stern grew up in an exclusively deaf community in California and studied art at America's only non-hearing university before coming to London to study and work as an assistant to the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood. Now her compelling short stories about wild, restless – and deaf – young people look set to change the way we think about both language and silence

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OU Presents First-Ever Shabbaton for Jewish Deafblind Community

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Batya Graber, Orthodox Union

Friday evening, as the sun sets, it dispels the aggravations of the week and brings with it shalva and kedusha; that is, an easiness of mind and holiness. The chazzan (cantor) leads Lecha Dodi, while Shalom Aleichem and Aishet Chayil are sung at home. The glow of Shabbat candles. Would welcoming the Sabbath be as embraceable if we were unable to physically experience it with all five senses? The first-ever Deafblind Shabbaton Experience, which was organized by the Orthodox Union in late April at the Pearlstone Retreat in Reisterstown (Baltimore), MD, proved it most certainly could be, and it most certainly was.

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Rabbi turns 65 after making his mark

Rabbi GoldhammerBy MIKE ISAACS, Skokie Review
May 3, 2010


Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer forgives you for showing a trace of incredulity when he reveals that he is turning 65.

You're not the first one to think he's much younger. The rabbi of Congregation Bene Shalom Hebrew Association of the Deaf doesn't look anywhere near his age, but his 65th birthday was a cause for celebration this weekend at Chateau Ritz in Niles.

Photo: Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer blows out the candles during his 65th birthday celebration with the Congregation Bene Shalom Hebrew Association of the Deaf Sunday. The celebration was held at Chateau Ritz Elegant Banquets. (Michael Jarecki/for Sun-Times Media)

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Another Shabbat in West Orange, NJ.

chavivaPosted by Chaviva
May 15, 2010


I know, I know. You're asking yourself: Where is this post going? The last time I blogged about my experience in West Orange at a very large, Orthodox shul, I got a few ... unsavory ... emails about my words. My experience this time around was actually worse, if you can believe it, despite going to what was hopefully deemed the "quiet minyan." I found out later that maybe went to the non-quiet minyan, but rather to simply a second, regular minyan. Someday, I vow to find a quiet minyan at this shul. I spent most of my Shabbat thinking about how irritated I was with these folks, but for the sake of the shul and for the sake of my sanity, I've decided to focus on something deliciously positive about my experience this weekend: the Our Way Family Shabbaton.

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