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Jewish Deaf Attorney Named Among "10 Women to Watch"

WomenToWatchAlexis Kashar, a deaf attorney in New York City, was named as one of the "Our 10 Women to Watch for 2011" by Jewish Women International.

"Our 10 Women to Watch for 2011 are leaders who demonstrate to our daughters that Jewish women can accomplish great things in their professional and personal communities, and make a lasting difference in the world", the JWI site explains, "This diverse group of women will be profiled in the fall issue of Jewish Woman magazine, and celebrated at our annual Women to Watch gala in Washington, DC, which includes a luncheon, awards ceremoney, and vibrant honorees' discussion panel.  This year's event will take place Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Marriott Wardman Park."

      Alexis Kashar
      New York, NY
      Activist attorney for the hearing impaired and Chair, civil rights committee for the National Association for the Deaf.


Source: http://www.jwi.org//Page.aspx?pid=2911&srctid=1&erid=859309

New Reform center and synagogue dedicated in Minsk

JTA
June 23, 2011

(JTA) – The Reform community in the Belarussian capital of Minsk has a new home.

The Sandy Breslauer Beit Simcha Center for Progressive Judaism was dedicated on June 10. The opening ceremony, held during Shabbat services, included a baby-naming and bat mitzvah.

Purchased in 2010, the building is located in the heart of the capital city’s former Jewish ghetto on what used to be called Jew Street.

It includes a synagogue, youth activity center, space for Jewish clubs and cultural activities, and a community center for Sheket, a Reform congregation for the hearing-impaired.

The center will also serve as the central venue for the city’s three Progressive, or Reform, congregations. There are 11 Progressive congregations throughout Belarus.

The Reform movement owns buildings in three cities of the former Soviet Union, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. Plans are underway for a building to house Kiev’s Reform congregation, which now occupies a small rented space.

The Minsk center is named for the late Sandy Breslauer, who, with her husband Steve, was instrumental in securing funding for the project.

Source: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/06/23/3088285/new-reform-center-and-synagogue-dedicated-in-minsk

Bat Yam, Israel Team Finishes 7th, Gruenfeld Excels in England

GruenfeldBat Yam Team of Israel Finishes 7th at 2011 Europe Cup Event in Liverpool. Gruenfeld Excels in England!

Yehuda Gruenfeld, a resident of the city Mevasseret Zion, proved that he is still the world's Number One player among the deaf.

Gruenfeld not only led the Bat Yam Team of Israel to its respectable 7th place finish at the just-ended 20th Europe Deaf Clubs Chess Cup held in Liverpool. Gruenfeld, by playing in the first board, won 6 matches out of 7. His other game against the 2010 World Blitz Champion, Sergey Salov from Germany, ended in a tie. Thus, by collecting an aggregate of 6 1/2 points,  Gruenfeld was the winner of  the First Board.

Another best performer for Bat Yam Team in Liverpool was Alexander Margulis, who , by collecting a total of 4 1/2 points out of 7, finished third in his Third Board category.

19 teams competed in the two different Team Divisions - Elite and Open.

By participating in the Elite Division, the Bat Yam Team  beat Vilnuis, Lithuania ( 3-1 ), Baku, Azerbaijan ( 2 1/2 -1 1/2 ), tied 2-2 to teams fromTrieste,  Italy and London, England, each, and lost to Zagreb, Croatia ( 1-3 ), Kiev,Ukraine and Hamburg, Germany, each with a score of 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 and overall placed 7th in the tournament.

The top three finishers at the Cup were as follows:

1. Zagreb, Croatia - 2011 Europe Champion
2.Kiev,  Ukraine
3. Hamburg, Germany.

Besides GRUENFELD and MARGULIS, other 4 members of Team of Israel at the 2011 Europe Cup event were:

Heorhiy MALYI, Mikhail CHERNYAK,
Gedaliah MILNER and Alexander PINHASOV.

All above-mentioned players of the Team Israel are members of I.C.F. ( the Israel Chess Federation ).

Interestingly, all six members of the Israeli Team are deaf chess players born in the diaspora countries such as Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Lithiania.

It was the first time ever in the 62-year-old history of the I.C.S.C. ( International Chess Committee for the Deaf ) for Team Israel to take part in this prestigous Europe Cup event.

Source: Rafael Pinchas

We Did It Our Way

RabbiStevenWeil

 

Rabbi Steven Weil's Blog
We Did It Our Way
June 16, 2011

More than 140 spent Shabbat in West Orange, NJ for the Our Way Annual Family and Singles Shabbaton. Highlights of the included davening interpreted into American Sign Language, workshops for parents, singles, and teens, and a special camp program for the children. Speakers included Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Director of The Cochlear Implant Center at New York Eye and Ear, who addressed the parents concerning navigating their child's hearing loss; Jennifer Rosner, author of "If a Tree Falls", her perspective and experience raising two deaf daughters; and Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of NJCD/Yachad, who addressed the single participants concerning social skills and dating. A panel discussion discussed triumphs and difficulties growing up deaf and hard of hearing in the Jewish community. Our thanks go to Batya Jacob, National Program Director for Our Way, who ran the event, assisted by Michelle Goldberg, Associate Director of the Jewish Deaf Singles Registry, and Our Way Assistants Yossi Globman and Darby Yusapov.

Source: http://www.ou.org/blogs/rabbi_steven_weil/we_did_it_our_way

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