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High Holiday Services in Westfield, NJ

TempleEmanuElTemple Emanu-El in Westfield has announced their High Holiday Services will be interpreted.

      Rosh Hashanah – Thursday, September 9 at 11.30 am

      Yom Kippur – Saturday, September 18 at 11.30 am

Admission is free for deaf individuals by contacting them before September 5th. They request to enter the temple by 11.15 am to sit in front near the interpreter.

For information, contact Toby Marx at 908-272-2549 Voice, or call the Temple directly at 908-232-6770 Voice.

The Sunday Mazel: A Couple of Nice Jewish Kids in The Bronx

KatzBaharJewcy Staff, July 25, 2010
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Sometimes we hear about weddings that we're jealous we can't attend, and other times we write about massive celebrations.

This week the Sunday Mazel goes out to Jordan Cuttler Katz and David Bahar.  The couple are tying the knot at the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, and they really seem like the kind of couple you'd be glad to know.

Also, there is a small twist: Mr. Bahar is deaf, and Ms. Katz isn't, but they met while she was receiving her  master's degree in deaf education.

"I just thought he was really cute, so I went up to him at the bar, and we started talking in sign language," she said. "We hit it off right away."

Mr. Bahar was beyond surprised.

"There were many people in the room signing and chatting, and she came up to me and introduced herself to me," he recalled in an e-mail message. "I remember thinking she was very beautiful and being so impressed she had the confidence to just go up and start a conversation with a stranger. A few days later, I took her on a night tour of the monuments in Washington."

David is a smart man.  He knows that a "night tour of the monuments of Washington" gets them every time.

Mazel Tov!

Source: http://www.jewcy.com/post/sunday_mazel_couple_nice_jewish_kids_bronx


Editor's Note: Rabbi Darby Leigh, a deaf rabbi, officiated their wedding.

Shoshannah Stern Joins Cast of LIE TO ME

ShoshannahSternActress Shoshannah Stern has signed on to join the cast of the Fox series LIE TO ME. No set number of appearances was mentioned but the role is said to be recurring during the upcoming third season of the series, which premieres in the fall on Wednesday, November 10.

Stern, who is deaf in real life, will play a deaf grad student hired to assist Dr. Lightman write a new book. Despite worries from others that Stern’s character’s disability will make her job difficult; Lightman actually takes a shine to her. Dr. Lightman, played by Tim Roth, heads a team of experts with the unique gift of detecting the slightest twitches and changes in demeanor among people who are telling lies.

Prior to joining the cast of Lie to Me, you might have seen Stern CBS’ Jericho.

Source: http://www.daemonstv.com/2010/07/23/shoshannah-stern-joins-cast-of-lie-to-me/

Miss Deaf International During DeafNation World Expo

MissDeafInternationalMiss Deaf International competition took place for the first time during DeafNation World Expo on July 23rd in Las Vegas, NV.

Bonita Leek founded the Miss Deaf International competition. They hope to host subsequent contests annually. Among cities being considered: Durban, South Africa; Poland; Greece; Las Vegas, NV, and; Paris, France.

According to their website, "Women from countries all over the world are welcome to participate. An announcement will be made three months prior to the competition date stating exactly how many contestants will compete."

The Competition consists of a private interview, swimsuit competition, artistic expression performance, and an assessment of leadership abilities. Judging will be based on these four categories with a dual-panel of judges scoring the competitions. There will be one Panel of judges for the preliminary round, and a second panel of judges for the Finale.

Julie Abbou was crowned as Miss Deaf France during this first Miss Deaf International. Runner ups were Lore Ameloot as Miss Deaf Belgium, Vicki Fourie as Miss Deaf South Africa, Laura Levita Valyte as Miss Deaf Lithuania, Sahar Motogain as Miss Deaf Iran.

 The following participants in the Miss Deaf International are Jewish:



Miss Deaf France

(her father is an Israeli Deaf Jew).






 Miss Deaf Israel



     * Raymonda Azrelyant Yeh, Director of Internal Affairs for Miss Deaf International.

     * Debra Hast - Secretary for Miss Deaf International.

     * Liz Tannebaum who was Mistress of Ceremonies.

     * Alan SPO Schwartz who was one of the judges Friday evening along with Joel Barish, whose dad is Jewish.

Contestants & Bios - http://missdeafinternational.com/photosbios.php


This Month's Video

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

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