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A deaf Muslim atheist responds defiantly to the debate over the ‘Ground Zero mosque’

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By Sabina England | Sep 27, 2010 1:00 PM

Last month, as debates raged over the proposal for an Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the former World Trade Center, Tablet contributor Daniel Luban wrote an impassioned essay [1] comparing Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. The hundreds of comments [2] on the essay—and on the follow-up conversation [3] between Luban and the conservative intellectual David Horowitz—showed an impressive depth of feeling in our readers, who defended and attacked the proposed community center and mosque in equal measure. A number of the voices stood out, sharing personal experiences of discrimination, anger, disillusionment, and concern. Sabina England’s was one of them.

Photo: The American Muslim Day Parade in Manhattan yesterday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images


Weekly Parsha video from JDMM

parshaTopic of the first weekly Parsha video from Jewish Deaf Multimedia is "Parshas Bereishis" - the first parsha in the Torah, starts with Book of Genesis and talks about God creating the world and how we celebrate that day.

The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3DJ7i38WcE

Creating a Musical Is the Best Revenge (or Catharsis)

musicalrevenge1By PATRICK HEALY
The New York Times
September 26, 2010

During rehearsals last week for his autobiographical entry in this year’s New York Musical Theater Festival, the composer and lyricist Jay Alan Zimmerman sat with his wife, Lisa Ingram, watching a scene inspired by his anxieties about their marriage. In the song “Fall,” an actress playing Lisa reveals feeling torn between the happy memories of falling in love with Jay years earlier and the heartache she feels as her husband begins to lose his hearing.



Pioneering synagogues celebrate golden anniversary


by Ryan E. Smith
The Jewish Journal
September 23, 2010

Fifty years ago, a group of pioneering Jews banded together in the Conejo Valley, establishing the area’s first Conservative synagogue.



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