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Famous CAJE performers Return

RosenzweigFrom Jewish Edutainment: Part 1
Rosie Rosenzweig,
Boston Jewish Spirituality Examiner
August 14th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Columnist Rosie Rosenzweig

Even though Julie Silver, is now a California cantor with a sale of 80,00 CDs, she was raised in Newton, graduated from Clark University, and soon became a raucous coffeehouse favorite and popular Boston  radio DJ for WMJX Magic 106.7 in Boston.  http://http://www.juliesilver.com/

Subsequently,  she moved to California and developed a large following for her original Jewish music.

Onstage with Silver, is  EJ Cohen, a nationally known interpreter for the deaf in America and Britain,  EJ’s passions is combining Judaism and sign language with Jewish music.  When CAJE hosted scores of college students at past conferences, they could be seen walking and talking together in sign language between sessions. performing Jewish musician, educator and interpreter for the Deaf, specializing in interpreting Jewish music with Ej  she is on the forefront of signing in Hebrew,

At previous CAJE conferences,  gaggles of college students walked about various college campuses talking to one another in sign language.

Watching EJ is like watching a ballet of hands flowing to the sounds of music. According to Arnie Davidson, a singer/songwriter worship leader in Connecticut, she is a “vibrant spirit [who] . . . adds an amazing visual dimension to worship music.”  Davidson set up a coffee-house setting with an open mic in the main lobby each night. His NEWCAJE session on “Finding the Music in Prayer,”  typifies the contemporary approach by taking the traditional liturgy, studying the text, and freely interpreting the prayer in a synthesis of the original Hebrew text, the English translation, and a light rock music genre to make prayer  more accessible.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/jewish-spirituality-in-boston/jewish-edutainment-part-1

Documentation of Algerian Jewish Sign Language

AlgeriaMapAlgerian Jewish Sign Language is unique in having moved from the village's original location to a new one, in another country. Therefore, it offers a rare opportunity to investigate the influence of immigration on a village sign language. The community is originally from Ghardaia, Algeria (see the map). However, this unique socio-linguistic characteristic also makes the language seriously endangered. Most Deaf Algerian Jews in Israel married spouses from other origins. Therefore, most of them do not use the language with their spouses and children, only with their parents (if still alive), siblings and relatives from their original family. With their spouses and children, they use Israeli Sign Language (ISL).

Algeria2Therefore, most of the Deaf Algerian signers in Israel are bilingual – in Algerian sign language and ISL, and they code-switch a lot. The younger generation does not acquire the language, and therefore it is likely to disappear within a generation. Interestingly, hearing family members are less influenced by ISL (as they are not part of the larger Deaf community), and therefore are more likely to use the language with other deaf people. Therefore, it is important to study both Deaf and hearing language users.






Photo: Impressions of current day Ghardaia



Source: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/iscri/islands/islands_research_regions_israel.php

Rabbi Deborah Goldmann Launches Website

GoldmannRabbi Deborah, the rabbi at Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf (TBS) in Granada Hills, CA announces that she has launched her website at www.socalrabbi.com

Goldmann, who has a hearing loss, first started as student rabbi on loan to TBS from HUC in 2006-2007.  Born in Argentina, Goldmann grew up in Brazil and moved to the U.S. when she was 13 years old.  She returned to TBS as its rabbi this spring.

Goldmann knows three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English and has been practising sign language.

Her website is http://socalrabbi.com/

Jewish Deaf Golfer To Play In Scotland

Susan Zupkin is among the 15 golfers representing the US team at the World Deaf Golf Championships 2010 taking place at The Fairmont in St. Andrews, Scotland on August 9-13th.

Sixteen countries are represented at WDGC 2010: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, U.S., and Wales.

Source: http://www.wdgc2010.com/team_profiles.php


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