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From silence to spirituality

SilenceSpirituality1by William Treger
Staff Writer
WashingtonJewishWeek
9/12/2012 11:19:00 AM

Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz's grandfather was a strict, Orthodox Jew who emigrated from Russia, "the last of a long line of rabbis," says Hurwitz, who is deaf.

"And, following the instructions of the Talmud, he decided - not without some sadness I like to imagine - to excuse my father, who was deaf, and later myself from religious studies."

Photo: Susan and Jeff Cohen, secretary and president of the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf board of directors.

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BBC Program on "The Deaf Holocaust"

German_GamesClive Mason narrated a 43 minute special edition of See Hear on BBC called "The Deaf Holocaust" Deaf People and Nazi Germany.

Description for the video, which can be seen on YouTube, says "This documentary covers the treatment of deaf people in Nazi Germany during World War Two. 17,000 deaf people were forcibly sterilised by the Nazis to stop them from having children and many others were killed simply because they were deaf - in a bid to improve the German gene pool."

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‘Switched At Birth’s’ Marlee Matlin Talks ‘Deafness Cure’

MarleeMatlin(@MarleeMatlin @abcfsab)
By Lacy Winston on September 13, 2012 | From disneyinfonet.com
ZIMBIO

This week, researchers in the UK were able to make deaf gerbils hear again by using stem cells to restore their hearing. This has given hope that they may be able to someday cure hearing in deaf people as well.

“Switched At Birth” mom Marlee Matlin became concerned after seeing the Twitter trending topic “deafness cure.” She tweets,

“‘Deafness cure’ is trending. My concern is that it’s bigger than a ‘trend.’ It involves PEOPLE & not as simple as the 4 letters in ‘cure.’

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"Teaching the Hearing-Impaired"

TeachHICommunity News Service
By COLlive staff
Sep 8, 2012

A Chabad monthly women's learning program pioneers a closed-captioned media for hearing-impaired students.

"No Jewish woman will be left behind," is the ambitious mandate adopted by the Rosh Chodesh Society, the monthly women's learning program initiated in 2010 in memory of Mumbai Shlucha Rivkah Holtzberg, Hy"d.

This goal was put to the test last winter during the series of classes titled Portrait of a Woman. Students Tracey Rattner and Su Robbins attended the course accompanied by a sign-language interpreter. The two women have some ability to hear, thanks to cochlear implants, but they rely on visual clues, like lip-reading and signing, to help with comprehension.

"They couldn't watch the video and the interpreter at the same time, and the video is very much both visual and aural," said Rosh Chodesh Society teacher Chana Kaplan, who brought the program to Potomac, Maryland, last year.

"Going back and forth between the images on the screen and the interpreter's signing was a dizzying experience that left them feeling they were missing too much." It was also a challenge for the interpreter.

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