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High Holidays Calendar - 2010

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2010: Erev Rosh Hashana
  • Thursday, September 9, 2010: Rosh Hashana - first day
  • Friday, September 10, 2010: Rosh Hashana - second day
  • Friday, September 17, 2010: Kol Nidre
  • Saturday, September 18, 2010: Yom Kippur


"ASL Jewish Deaf Congregation", Maryland
Hosted by Washington Society of the Jewish Deaf (WSJD)
To Be Held at Temple Beth Ami

  • Erev Rosh Hoshanah Service (first night of Rosh Hoshanah)- Wed, Sept 8, 8-10pm
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Service- Sat, Sept 18, 4-7:15pm , Break The Fast, 7:15pm  

Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD 20850

For info, contact Steve Brenner, WSJD, president at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shaare Tefila Congregation, Maryland
Sign language interpreter is available on request for the following services:

  • Rosh Hashanah- First evening and day: Einstein High School, Kensington, MD
  • Rosh Hashanah- Second day:  Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD
  • Yom Kippur- Sherwood High School, Olney, MD

For ticket information, email Jill Goldwater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,
or call 301-593-3410 extension 101 Voice.


Sign language cuts frustration levels, helps babies communicate

HermanBy Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
5:42 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2010

At exactly 10:30 a.m. the other day, the infants in room 224 at the Weinstein School settled down for wheat crackers and milk.

If they wanted more, they held both hands in front of their chests and tapped their fingertips together. If they didn’t, they raised their arms and shook both hands in the air signaling “all done.”

Eat. More. Please. Teaching a limited vocabulary of American Sign Language -- once reserved for those with hearing impairments -- to infants and toddlers has quickly become popular in homes and child care centers across metro Atlanta and the country as a way to communicate before children speak well.

Caption: Ilana Herman(left) teaches Sadie Kitey to rub her belly using sign language to say "please" during snack time at The Weinstein School at the Marcus Jewish Community pre-school class in Dunwoody. Credit: Phil Skinner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"The Deaf Holocaust" - Helpful Resources


The Deaf Holocaust: Deaf People And Nazi Germany   
As part of the season of programmes commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz, Clive Mason visits the killing centre of Hadamar to investigate the development and impact of the Nazi policy of enforced sterilisation and the murder of deaf and disabled people, which took place in Germany between 1933 and 1945. Members of the German deaf community, who are still living with the legacy of this brutal Nazi policy, tell their moving stories for the first time on television.
     From the UK, in English narration & Sign language. No working link to the video could be found.

However in researching this further, JDCC News came across this ''SeeHear' webpage on the BCC site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/seehear/extra/nazispecial/

     "The Deaf Holocaust: Deaf People and Nazi Germany" broadcast on BBC channels in February, 2005.


Deaf Rabbis-in-Training Lead Outreach to Deaf Population

RabbisTrainingBy Ronelle Grier
Aug 2, 2010 9:00 AM
Printed from Chabad.org, North America

Helping Jews the world over feel connected as opposed to isolated has long been the mission of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and the corps of rabbinical students who annually fan out to disparate communities across the globe.

Photo: Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students Joshua Soudakoff and Isser Lubecki, right, are travelling through Rochester, N.Y., to provide Jewish programming for the city’s deaf residents.

And as one such project in Rochester, N.Y., a university town that is no stranger to established Jewish infrastructure, demonstrates, the isolation needn’t be geographical.

This week, Joshua Soudakoff and Isser Lubecki, both 19, set off from Toronto for Rochester in order to address the special needs of deaf members of the Jewish community. Uniquely qualified for their mission – the Los Angeles-born Soudakoff and the Paris-born Lubecki are both deaf and attended Yeshivas Nefesh Dovid, a school geared towards the deaf – the students have been using a combination of American Sign Language and speech to provide programs and learning opportunities to one of the world’s largest deaf populations.

Rabbi Asher Yaras, director of the Chabad House Jewish Student Center serving Rochester-area colleges, attributed the city’s high concentration of deaf individuals to the Rochester Institute of Technology-affiliated National Technical Institute of the Deaf, one of the nation’s largest schools for the deaf. He estimated that 50 Jewish families in Rochester have at least one deaf member.

Soudakoff and Lubecki travelled to Rochester as part of the popularly-known “Roving Rabbis” project, the Rabbinical Summer Visitation Program run by the Chabad-Lubavitch educational arm. Their first formal event of the week was a meet-and-greet barbeque hosted by local deaf resident Dr. Carolyn Stern Spanjer and her husband Al, while their schedule has them running a weekend Shabbaton, a challah-baking session and children’s activities.



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