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Philadelphia HAD celebrates 105th anniversary

HADban1Gay Balsam and Richard Balsam received Hall of Fame awards during Philadelphia's Hebrew Association of the Deaf (HAD) 105th anniversary banquet on Saturday, October 20th.





Why are many event announcements old?

editorAnnounce and Publicize your events in Advance! This is a message we say repeatedly to organizations and community leaders.

By the time we receive, or find out about announcements of holiday events and interpreted services, there may not be enough time to post their event information to JDCC News and give you enough time to make your plans, or the events may even have already happened.

If you had wondered why many event announcements you read in JDCC News are old or have already passed -- now, you know why! Please tell your local event organizers to inform JDCC News ahead of time!


A Deaf Israeli Wins 2012 World Chess Title

YehudaGruenfeldYehuda Gruenfeld of Mevasseret Zion, Israel, has won the World Blitz Champion's title at the 15th World Individual Championships for the Deaf which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on September 30, 2012.

Gruenfeld produced a perfect record by winning all 11 matches out of possible 11 rounds. There were 24 strong competitors from 12 different countries in the event.

Frenc Frink of Hungary took the silver medal, while Milan Orsag of the Czech Republic captured the bronze medal.

This is the first time in State of Israel's 64 year-old history that an Israeli won the world's crown among the deaf persons.

The city of Almaty hosted this year's event, which was attended by 162 chess players from 27 countries took part in the event. Team Israel sent 9 members to Almaty.


Sign language users drop politically incorrect signs

PolIncorrectBritain’s deaf community has dropped politically incorrect signs to refer to groups such as gay people, Jews and the Chinese, a study has found.

By Rosa Silverman
The Telegraph
6:02PM BST 08 Oct 2012

The first UK-wide survey into how different generations use British sign language (BSL) shows signs such as the flick of a limp wrist to signify a homosexual have fallen out of favour.

Instead, signers now indicate a gay person with an upright thumb on one hand in the palm of the other, wobbling from side to side.

Miming a hook nose to refer to Jewish people is also now deemed unacceptable by signers, who have replaced the old sign with one involving a hand resting against a chin and making a short movement down, in the shape of a beard.

Pointing to an imaginary spot in the middle of one’s forehead to signify India has meanwhile been replaced by a mime of the triangular shape of the subcontinent.

The study found younger signers in particular had abandoned the old, less politically correct signs.

Gwilym Morris, from the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London, told the Guardian: “We are nervous about this being seen as another example of political correctness because the changes are more about evolution rather than dictat of some body that approves language.”

But Professor Benci Woll, director of the centre, said the changes in BSL were exactly like the changes to spoken English.

“There are all sorts of words we used to refer to people 30 years ago that we’ve stopped using,” she said.



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Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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