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Interpreted Shabbat Service - NYC - Nov. 20

Tifereth_Israel-TownTifereth Israel-Town & Village (T&V) Synagogue is hosting the next Shabbat Service with a gathering of Jewish teenagers from around New York City on Saturday, November 20th.

The Service, which will also be interpreted in sign language, will include full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets).

10am - 12:30pm
334 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Manhattan, NY

A Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services. All are welcome. Shabbat, pen, paper and cell phones cannot be used at T&V on Saturday morning. For additional information, please contact Bram Weiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (212) 677-0368 Voice.

JDMM parsha video: Chayei Sarah is here!

ChayeiSarahSarah, our ancestral mother, is one of the most important figures in Jewish history. Sarah is famously known as Abraham's wife.

What can we learn from the fact that this week's parsha is called the "Life of Sarah" (in Hebrew, "Chayei Sarah")? Watch the video to find out!

To view the Parshas Chayei Sarah video, visit our website by clicking here.

Source: Jewish Deaf Multimedia News Flash

Faith Access Day a Great Success for Deaf, Blind and DeafBlind People in Yorkshire

Leeds Society for Deaf & Blind People, UK
October 21, 2010

Organisers of a Faith Access Day this week for Deaf, Blind and Deafblind people across Yorkshire have said the event was a huge success.

Over 70 people attended the event, hosted by leading Yorkshire charity coHearentVision and aimed at people from all faiths and backgrounds.

FaithAccess2The event, on 19th October at Shire View Centre for Visually Impaired People in Headingley, Leeds, offered Deaf and Blind people the opportunity to talk to representatives from a number of different faiths and religions.

It was so successful that coHearentVision are now considering making it an annual occasion.

Guests were treated to a variety of entertainment, including a set of ‘World Beats’ from the world’s first deafblind DJ, Mike Gerwat. There was also a Church of England service conducted in British Sign Language by Rev. Bob Shrine and Rev. Rachel Wilson and talks on Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Paganism and ‘The Jewish Way of Life’.
Jeff Pickersgill, Specialist Worker in the Deafblind unit at coHearentVision said: “The Faith Access Day was a huge success – all the speakers had a great turnout and everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.

“This was the first time we’ve hosted such an event and there was a huge demand from those in attendance to hold it again next year, which is certainly something we’ll consider.”

Venerable Mary, Speaker from the Jamyang Centre, said: “It was fantastic to be involved in an event like this, and it was an honour to be asked to speak. I think the quality of the event and the attendance levels suggests there is the need for a similar event to be held annually.”






Councillor Jamie Matthew adn Jeff Pickersgill









Buddist teaching on Interfaith Day


Other speakers and exhibitors at the event including Father Dan Harrison, from the Roman Catholic Church and Jen Watson, an outreach worker at Sign Health all agreed that the day was a success and was very enjoyable for all who took part.

Mary Davey, a deafblind service user from Morley, said: “The day has been really interesting and informative and has been a lovely day out. It’s really been a great way to bring people together from different faiths and backgrounds.”

To donate or find out more about coHearentVision, visit www.cohearentvision.org.uk

Source: http://www.cohearentvision.org.uk/faith-day-a-great-success-for-deaf-and-blind-people-in-yorkshire

Teen spirit: Age proves no barrier to community activists

TeenSpiritLois Goldrich - Cover Story
New Jersey Jewish Standard
Published: 22 October 2010

Seventeen-year-old David Engle has helped plan carnivals since he was 8.

David Engle and fellow volunteers — and Clifford — at an event held for the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson.

“We started out doing (Temple Israel of Ridgewood’s) carnival together,” said his father, Howard. “But David started doing more and more things, and in the past two or three years he has been running it on his own.”

Also for the past three years, the Glen Rock High School student has taken his carnival know-how on the road.

While in ninth grade, David founded Carnivals for Children on Wheels, organizing free events for thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children in the New York and New Jersey area.

In recognition of these efforts, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City presented him with its Youth Community Service Award as part of its Hometown Heroes program.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said his father, pointing out that David’s commitment to social action began when he decided to do something to honor the memory of his grandmother.

“When I was six months old, I lost my grandmother to cancer,” said David. “Although I never knew her, I have dedicated much of my volunteer life to helping eradicate this disease.”

When he was 10, he raised $500 for The Valley Hospital’s cancer research department. And when he entered 10th grade, “I began my three-year commitment to Relay for Life as chair of my grade’s fund-raising committee.”

The run — a project of the American Cancer Society — “brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loves ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease,” according to the organization’s website.

David Engle

David’s involvement grew in his junior year, when the Glen Rock contingent raised more than $50,000. This year he is co-chairing the project for the second time.

Perhaps most impressive is David’s Carnivals For Children On Wheels project, “born out of a desire to bring movable carnivals to children who could not otherwise enjoy them.” “Some family members had serious doubts; they thought the hurdles I would have to overcome were too great,” he recalls. “But their skepticism just fueled my drive to prove them wrong, and I did.”

His organization — whose work is showcased at www.CFCOW.org — has run dozens of carnivals “for all kinds of children: poor, homeless, disabled, abused, and even pediatric cancer patients.”

David wants to reach even more youngsters and is studying sign language at Bergen Community College at night so that he can also serve deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

“Getting my business off the ground required an enormous effort,” said the young volunteer. “I had to manage budgets, solicit volunteers, customers, and corporate sponsors, engage in ongoing fund-raising and publicity, build and transport game booths, purchase inflatables and prizes, as well as hire clowns, magicians, and face-painters.”

“To get more ‘bang for my buck,’” he bought plush toys direct from a Pennsylvania factory, worked with a company to recruit corporate sponsors to donate giveaways, and negotiated with a distributor of prizes to reduce their rates in exchange for placing their logo on the carnival’s website.

“Since my company could not buy new carnival games, I built them from scratch using scrap wood from a lumber yard,” said David. “Running each carnival has required a lot of planning — fitting together all the pieces of the puzzle — and I have loved every minute of it.”

The teenage businessman said that, at first, “Many did not take me, a 14-year-old ninth- grader, very seriously.” Only the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson was willing to accept his offer, allowing him to run a carnival in its social hall for 350 inner-city children.

“My 25 high school friends were the carnival volunteers,” he said, adding that “although the volunteers had never been exposed to children of poverty before, the experience had a profound impact on them [and] many have eagerly volunteered to work at my carnivals again and again.”

Once other organizations saw what his group had accomplished, “they jumped on board,” said David, who has also been nominated as a community hero as part of a campaign launched by UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey.

“In many ways, all of us associated with the carnivals have grown,” he added. “I knew all my hard work was worth it when a little girl, who just experienced a carnival, exclaimed, ‘This is the best day of my life!’ Then, when I saw children share the toys they had just won at my carnival with their brothers and sisters, I was touched. It made me proud.”

David is looking beyond the community as well, “thinking a lot about how I should make a more meaningful contribution to the world.”

Deeply moved by last year’s tragedy in Haiti, he has been thinking specifically about “how to create sturdy, lightweight, easy-to-assemble, hurricane-proof housing to serve the needy around the world in times of natural disasters.”

“Perhaps that will be my lasting contribution,” he said. “Only time will tell.”

David said that in reaching out to help others, “age doesn’t matter. You can always help someone in need,” he said. “Even a small thing can have a major impact, even if it only affects a few people.”

If everyone did that, he said, “the whole world would change.”

Source: http://www.jstandard.com/content/item/teen_spirit_age_proves_no_barrier_to_community_activists/15382#


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