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Deaf Father of Israeli Soldier speaks at Jewish Community Relations Council Event

Tim Boxer, The New York Jewish Week
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

During the 12th annual Jewish Community Relations Council dinner, which raised $1.3 million, Guy Banai, an Israeli guest who is deaf, spoke tearfully through a sign language translator, how his son Liran was happy to join the IDF’s Givati Brigade combat unit even though, as the son of deaf parents, he was exempt.

Staff Sgt. Liran Banai was struck down by Palestinian terrorists who attacked his jeep on the Gaza border.  
Sgt. Todd Bowers of the U.S. Marines, who was in attendance, was reported to be so moved that he lifted himself from his plate of prime ribs to give a personal donation of $1,000 in memory of the fallen soldier.

Held at Pierre Hotel in New York City in May, 550 guests attended the dinner.

Janice Shorenstein, outgoing president of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), says "We help to build and secure communities in New York.”

Among prominent guests in attendance: Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel; H. Mitsy Wilson, senior vice president of diversity development at News Corporation; Robert Morgenthau, former Manhattan District Attorney; John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York; Asaf Shariv, Israeli Consul General; John Liu, New York City Comptroller; Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch; Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, and Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah Youth Overcome Sound of Silence for Deaf

AnnualBarMatby Yoni Kempinski

Fifty-four boys and girls celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs Monday in the Council of Young Israel Rabbis for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.

The Judaic Heritage Program for the Deaf, sponsored by the Council and partially supported by the Jewish Agency for Israel, conducts an annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony after months of training deaf boys and girls in the basics of Judaism and the ethics of Jewish adulthood.

The youth participated in a day-long program, ceremony, tour and luncheon in Jerusalem together with their parents.



Signing off on their rite of passage


Photo by: Jacob Batist

The Jerusalem Post
May 25, 110 Tuesday  20 Sivan 3870  12:08 IST  

Deaf children celebrate their bar and bat mitzvas.

In a unique ceremony Monday morning at the Beit Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem’s Ramat Eshkol neighborhood, 52 deaf and hearing-impaired children celebrated their bar and bat mitzvas.


New Rochelle, NY Temple offers ASL Interpreted Service


Temple Israel is a warm and inclusive synagogue that brings together families and individuals of all backgrounds by buidling on a rich tradition of religious spirit and diverse programming.



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