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BGU holds emergency training for the deaf

CarolinaTannenbaumBy Danielle Ziri
10/23/2012 23:51

A thesis on the struggles of deaf people during Operation Cast Lead focuses on assisting deaf people.

During her masters degree studies in emergency medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi often had to run to shelters as rocket alarms rang in the city and had become accustomed to it. One day however, as she was rushing to a safe place, the thought crossed her mind: “What happens to someone who can’t hear it?” This question then became the central subject of her thesis about the struggles of deaf people during Operation Cast Lead.

Tannenbaum-Baruchi, partnering with “Prepared,” BGU’s center for emergency response research, will hold an emergency training session for deaf people at the university on Thursday. The main issues on the agenda are how to behave in the event of an earthquake and what to do when one can’t hear rocket alarms.

“Reading lips is my mother tongue,” said Tannenbaum- Baruchi, who is daughter to two deaf parents.

She made aliya from Chile 18 years ago and is now married and a mother of three. Growing up, she often had to help around with things her parents couldn’t do such as answering or making phone calls.

“Sometimes people would hang up on me when they heard I was a little girl, they thought it was a prank,” she said, smiling.

Her parents, however do not use sign language to communicate: They speak and read lips.

“Not all deaf people are the same, that’s very important for people to realize. Some sign, some don’t, some are very involved in the deaf community, some are not. They also don’t all speak the same language. In Israel, there are Israeli deafs, Russians who speak the Russian sign language, or even Bedouin deafs who have a language of their own. It’s very different.”

Due to these differences, one solution for all deaf people in times of emergency is not effective.

Tannenbaum-Baruchi believes there should be many different options for them. “For earthquakes, it’s easier because you feel it. You don’t need to hear it. The problem is for when rocket alarms are ringing.”

In these cases, the Home Front Command has made a vibrating beeper device available for deaf people, activated when a rocket threat is detected. However, there have been many instances when the beeper has not worked properly.

“They have learned that you can’t trust the beeper, so they just don’t use it anymore,” said Dr. Limor Aharonson-Daniel, the head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BGU, who accompanied Tannenbaum- Baruchi through her research.

“They are completely exposed to the danger. Well, some of them have all sorts of arrangements with their neighbors for example, who will let them know when an alarm goes off. So if it’s a 45-second warning, you may find someone nice who will do it, but if it’s a matter of 15 seconds, no one will take the time,” Aharonson- Daniel explained.

She also underlined the importance of Thursday’s event. “I think it’s a community whose needs have not been addressed properly, mostly due to our lack of awareness of their needs and the lack of knowledge about what solutions we can provide for them. Their voices haven’t been heard,” she said.

Both Tannenbaum- Baruchi and Aharonson- Daniel agree that the needs of deaf people in times of emergency are important, but they extend this also to general basic needs: “For example, the bubble on the corner of the TV screen during the news, where you see someone translate into sign language? Well a lot of them have said that’s too small for them to see the signs properly. So we think we give them solutions, but in fact, they can’t really use them,” Aharonson-Daniel said.

As of today, no statistics exist as to how many deaf people there are in Israel.

“They feel very misunderstood. Their handicap isn’t visible on the outside, others can’t tell it’s there. Their handicap is internal,” Tannenbaum-Baruchi explained. “I think deafness isn’t just a problem of not being able to hear sounds, it’s a communication problem between the deaf and the hearing.”

She explained there is also a significant cultural gap between deaf people and hearing people: “Deaf people are much more about touch and using their hands than us,” she detailed. She also explained that reading skills are lower amongst deaf people than others. The reason for this, as Tannenbaum-Baruchi explained, is that sign language is not an exact translation of spoken and written language.

The emergency training seminar for the deaf is scheduled to take place on Thursday evening in Beersheba and is organized in partnership with the Home Front Command, which conducted a nationwide earthquake drill on Sunday.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=289027

Shabbat Morning Service - Interpreted, NYC

Town_VillageA Service with full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets).

Saturday, November 3rd
10am - 12:30pm

Town & Village (T&V) Synagogue
334 East 14th Street
[between 1st & 2nd Ave]

Jane Adler & Jessica Ames will interpret the service. Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services.

For additional information, email Bram Weiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (212) 677-0368 Voice.

Source: Bram Weiser

Our Way for the Jewish Deaf Hosts Shabbaton in Silver Spring, Nov 2-3

orthodoxunionOrthodox Union

Our Way, the Orthodox Union’s program for the deaf and hard of hearing, will present a Shabbaton in Silver Spring the weekend of November 2-3, at Woodside Synagogue Ahavas Torah, 9001 Georgia Avenue.

Our Way is dedicated to providing resources, services and social programming for its constituency. It is a division of the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

The Shabbaton will feature a Deaf Torah Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi David Kastor, and Deaf Hosts Charles and Debbie Roth. Guest speaker Hannah Klein is editor of “Jewish Deaf Heroes in the Face of Terrorism.” ASL interpreting services will be provided. The event is coordinated by Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, Director of Our Way.

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Kastor graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Computer Science. He married an Israeli deaf woman, Tchia. Rabbi Kastor received his semicha (rabbinical ordination) from Yeshiva Ner Israel in Baltimore. He started the Ahavas Israel School of the Deaf in Frederick and taught there for two years. He has served as Our Way Regional Representative for Maryland for more than 22 years.

Deaf Hosts Charles and Debbie Roth have been Maryland residents for 12 years. They have two sons, Stanley, 16 and Justin, 8. Stanley became Bar Mitzvah three years ago, and his parents look forward to Justin’s ceremony in a few years. Debbie says, “When I was growing up I truly enjoyed attending these rewarding Shabbatons. We encourage everyone of all ages to come for the easily accessible, sign language enriched, spiritual Jewish learning and sense of community.”

At the Shabbaton, pre-publication copies of “Jewish Deaf Heroes in the Face of Terrorism,” will be distributed by its editor, guest speaker Hannah Klein.

The program, led by Rabbi Lederfeind, guides participants in experiencing a traditional Shabbat. It will include workshops on prayer and Shabbat observance, an interpreted synagogue service, and delicious Shabbat meals.

Rabbi Ledefeind travels all over North America, most recently to St. Louis two weeks ago, to bring Our Way Shabbatons to the deaf and hard and hearing community.

The cost of the Shabbaton is $35 per person, with discounts for families and scholarships available. Applications and checks (payable to Our Way Shabbaton) for reservations should be sent to Our Way, c/o Charles and Debbie Roth, 14600 Myer Terrace, Rockville, MD, 20853. They can be reached by video phone at 240-292-6826, by cell at 240-498-2700, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about Our Way programming, contact Rabbi Lederfeind at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by relay/voice at 212-613-8234.

Source: Orthodox Union

JDMM launches parsha project, new Gallery addition

JDMMparshaIntro"The Living Parsha" - JDMM will post videos of a person describing a real-life situation that could happen to anyone, and supplement it with sources from their weekly parsha.

     Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/the-living-parsha/13570280/intro

"Parshas Bereishis" discusses the life stories of Adam and Eve. They were created on the sixth day of creation. According to the Talmud, they were also banished from the Garden of Eden on that very day. This came as a punishment for eating from the Tree of Knowledge - the one and only prohibition that G-d told them not to transgress!

     Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/the-living-parsha/13570168/bereishis

"Parshas Noach" centers around the life of a man named Noach (or Noah, in English). He lived in the tenth generation after Adam and Eve. The Torah considered Noach a great man, calling him a "righteous man, perfect in his generations".

     Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/the-living-parsha/13576187/noach

"Parshas Lech Lecha"
LechLechaIf you tried to give someone a piece of good advice, and he refused to take it - and then he comes back to you with an even bigger problem, how would you feel?

Well, apparently not like Abraham did in this week's parsha. Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/the-living-parsha/13584204/lech-lecha

"Parshas Vayera"
ParshasVayeraDo you enjoy welcoming strangers into the private confines of your home? Do you do it often?

Abraham, the first Jew, was famous for this mitzvah. He would always invite every person who passed his tent for a good meal and lodging, no matter who he or she was.

     Play video - http://jewishdeafmm.org/the-living-parsha/13590173/vayera

ClaireBergmanAddition to JDMM Art Gallery
If you're a fan of Claire Bergman's distinct artwork, you won't be disappointed with this Jewish-themed painting along with a thought-provoking commentary.

     Visit JDMM Art Gallery - http://jewishdeafmm.org/claire-art


Source: Jewish Deaf Multimedia


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