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California Congregation members sign song

TempleBethOhrSusan Carey is an ASL interpreter and a member of Temple Beth Ohr (TBO) in La Mirada, California. She recently taught a group of congregants how to sign the lyrics of a song by renowned Cantor Doug Cotler, entitled "Listen."

As part of temple Beth Ohr's "Listen" project, they made this video which can be seen on YouTube.

     Play video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsbOjhR_FZE

Source: Adrienne Carey

Rodef Shalom upgrades accessibility for hearing impaired

RodefShalomby Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
08.31.12 - 01:45 pm
The Jewish Chronicle

Rodef Shalom Congregation has made two updates to its synagogue building this month. An audio induction loop, also known as a hearing aid loop, was installed in the main sanctuary and two additional automatic door openers were added upstairs.

The loop is a hidden cable around the sanctuary that generates a magnetic field picked up by a hearing aid and allows sound to be transmitted to the hearing-impaired listener clearly and free of other distracting noise in the environment.

Photo: Rodef Shalom Congregation has made additional accessibility upgrades to its synagogue in time for the High Holy Days.

“People with hearing aids have difficulty hearing through a normally amplified loudspeaker,” said Bob Rosenthal, chairman of the building committee. “Some of them brought to our attention a device called the hearing loop, which … produces a much clearer sound.”

The system, which has been used in Europe for years, was recently installed at Temple Emanu-El in New York.

The system works with hearing aids that have a telecoil — or T-coil — a tiny coil of wire that induces an electric current when near a changing magnetic field. The T-coil enables users to experience a significant improvement in the clarity of sounds.

But older hearing aids don’t have T-coils, Rosenthal said. And those units that do don’t always have them activated. Rosenthal suggested users consult their audiologists.

For now, the audio loop is installed in the main sanctuary only, though Rodef Shalom spokeswoman Lauren Wolcott said its inclusion committee could    consider expanding the system to other parts of the building at a later date.

“The acoustics in most of the building are much better,” Wolcott said, “but because the sanctuary is a historic landmark — it’s over 100 years old — that’s where the most challenging acoustics are.”

Rodef Shalom’s older infrared system for the hard of hearing will continue to be in use.

The automatic doors were installed on the second floor, near the rabbis’ offices, Wolcott said. Automatic doors are already at the main entrances.

Rodef Shalom has been steadily upgrading its accessibility for some time.

In 2011, it completed a new handicapped-accessible bima in the main sanctuary that slopes into the seating area and removes impediments of the old pulpit.

And its 2003 building renovation project was completed, including modernizing the preschool and religious school, classrooms, improving handicapped access throughout the building.

In addition to the building committee, Rosenthal credited the technology committee, chaired by Peter Rosenfeld, for bringing the hearing aid loop project to fruition.

Source: http://thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/19992507/article-Rodef-Shalom-upgrades-accessibility-for-hearing-impaired?instance=home_news_1st_left

Edouard Vuillard Art Show with Interpreter - NYC

EduardoThe Jewish Museum in NYC will have sign language interpreted "tea time" tour of "Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and his Muses, 1890-1940" special exhibit.

Monday, September 10

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
New York City

Light refreshments with museum staff will follow. To register, call 212-660-1515 TTY, 212-423-3225 Voice or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Source: The Jewish Museum

Israeli Deaf Soldiers

IsraeliSoldiersIn a posting to JewishSignersOfMA, moderator Leon Goodman says "Israel is the only country in the world that requires the deaf and hard of hearing people to serve in the conscription or military.

"The sign language interpreters are provided during the training, and many of them serve in the non-combat capacities such as mappers, office work, and like.

"The deaf and hard of hearing people who have served IDF (Israel Defense Force) have better opportunities in the employment, housing, education, and other areas than the ones who do not serve.

Photo: Nine students from Gallaudet University participating in the Taglit-Birthright Israel free 10-day trip to Israel in 2009, pose with two of eight Israeli soldiers who traveled with the group for five days. Source: Gallaudet University.

"In addition, they gained a stronger respect and recognition for their service and contribution to the country as well as stronger self-esteem and motivation."

Source: Leon Goodman


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