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A deaf Indonesian 12-year-old is not your typical bat mitzvah

MeiLinKellmanBy Jessica Leader
February 7, 2012

NEW YORK (JTA) -- This wasn’t your typical bat mitzvah.

It took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, a majority Muslim country with an Jewish community that is thought to number in the double digits.

Photo: Mei Lin Kellman celebrates her bat mitzvah in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 4, 2012. (Dewi Suryati)

The bat mitzvah, Mei Lin Kallman, spent part of her Hebrew school education commuting each Sunday to another country, Singapore, where she studied at the local Chabad center.

And to fulfill her bat mitzvah responsibilities on Saturday, Mei had to overcome a physical disability: She was born practically deaf and relies on the aid of a cochlear implant to hear.


Special needs and the Jewish community

SpecialNeedsStandardLeah Krakinowski
17 February 2012
New Jersey Jewish Standard

[Ed's note - reference to hearing impaired shown below in blue]

The crushing costs
More than 13.5 million children under the age of 18 in the United States have special health care needs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That translates into nearly one in every five households with at least one child requiring costly specialized education, medical care and related services.

These children’s needs may range from such chronic medical illnesses as diabetes or cerebral palsy, to such emotional or behavioral health problems as autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sensory impairments, or learning disabilities.

Photo: Alisa Salamon, a speech and language pathologist, bakes ladder cookies with students as a creative language lesson that ties into the students’ study of a biblical text (Jacob’s dream of a ladder to heaven). Courtesy Sinai Schools


Becoming a son of the commandment

LiadKuhlCharleston Daily News
Wednesday February 22, 2012
by Charlotte Ferrell Smith
Daily Mail staff

Liad Kuhl's brothers will play a special role at his bar mitzvah on Sunday.

The 9- and 11-year-old boys will interpret as their deaf and nearly blind sibling makes a brief speech and executes other parts of the ceremony in sign language. Liad turns 13 on Saturday and will celebrate his bar mitzvah the following day at B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston.

Photo: Tom Hindman
Rabbi Victor Urecki, center, is surrounded by members of the Kuhl family including, from left, Sigal, Benjamin, Ely, Liad and Charles Jr.

Preparation for the event has been challenging, interesting and rewarding for Rabbi Victor Urecki.



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