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New Research on Deaf Life During the Holocaust


NEW YORK, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 26, 2011, Mark Zaurov, a deaf Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hamburg, Germany who had recently completed a four-month fellowship at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, presented "Deaf Holocaust."  His research includes interviews with Deaf Holocaust survivors and Deaf German perpetrators.


Opinion: A Clearly Articulated Message: Grant Full Access to the Deaf

OpinionArticulatedJewish Exponent
July 27, 2011

The Conservative movement, through its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, has taken a historic step in acknowledging that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to stand with the Jewish community as equals. Not only did the law committee vote to recognize the users of sign language as equals, it also issued a mandate, or teshuvah, that synagogues and organizations must strive to be accessible to all.

"The new teshuvah, which passed on May 24, reads in part:

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards rules that the deaf who communicate via sign language and do not speak are no longer to be considered mentally incapacitated. Jews who are deaf are responsible for observing mitzvot. Our communities, synagogues, schools and camps must strive to be welcoming and accessible, and inclusive. Sign language may be used in matters of personal status and may be used in rituals. A deaf person called to the Torah who does not speak may recite the brachot [blessings] via sign language. A deaf person may serve as a shaliach tzibbur [prayer leader] in sign language in a minyan whose medium of communication is sign language."


Meet Jack Jason: The Most Famous Interpreter in the World

JackJasonNataly Kelly
Chief Research Officer, Common Sense Advisory
HuffPost Culture
Posted: 7/18/11 02:14 PM ET

What does it feel like for 8.4 million viewers to hang onto your every word as you make your case to Donald Trump? How about giving an acceptance speech at the Oscars, when it seems like the whole world is listening? It comes naturally to Marlee Matlin, an acclaimed actress and Hollywood star who seems to know no bounds. She has amazed fans the world over not only with her acting abilities, but by continually doing the unexpected -- from competing on Dancing with the Stars without the ability to hear music, to performing a stand-up comedy routine on the Celebrity Apprentice.


Lawrence R. Newman dies at 86; a prominent advocate for the deaf

LNewmanA two-term president of the National Assn. of the Deaf, he was a former longtime teacher and administrator at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside.

Lawrence R. Newman | 1925-2011

Photo: Lawrence R. Newman always stressed the importance of education in the lives of deaf children and fought for the right of deaf students to be educated using sign language. He was chosen California Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education in 1969 — the first deaf teacher so honored in California.

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2011

Lawrence R. Newman, a prominent advocate for the rights of the deaf community and a former longtime teacher and administrator at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, has died. He was 86.



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