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Shane H. Feldman Named New Executive Director of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

ShaneFeldmanCredit: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Nation’s largest sign language interpreting organization selects a nationally-recognized Deaf community leader and staunch advocate with outstanding nonprofit organizational leadership. See RID President Brenda Walker Prudhom's signed video announcement here>>

Alexandria, VA – November 29, 2012 – The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) today announced the appointment of Shane H. Feldman as its new executive director. Feldman, a nationally-recognized Deaf community leader, advocate and nonprofit professional, has been instrumental in advancing the rights of the community at the local, state and national levels including the right to qualified sign language interpreting services. Starting January 1, 2013, Feldman is responsible for the ongoing and consistent achievement of RID’s Strategic Plan and for the implementation and completion of initiatives set forth by a board of directors and the association members.

Feldman currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Responsible for overall NAD operations, he created systematic changes that led to renewed focus on the organization’s mission and sustainable financial management. These efforts brought the NAD to a higher level of advocacy, efficiency and accountability.


Jewish Deaf Congress posts video on upcoming conference

JDCcongressVid2Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) posted video about their upcoming JDC Conference.

Play video - http://jewishdeafcongress.org/node/272

The JDC Conference will be held at Park Hyatt in Washington DC from May 29 to June 2, 2013.

The video explains that this conference is held every two years, and is attended by people locally, nationally and from other countries.

JDCcongressVidThey come to socialize, meet, have fun, learn, celebrate Shabbat together, enjoy and forge bonds.

There is a 50% discount on the hotel rate and the hotel is in a good location in Washington, DC.

More info is available at www.jewishdeafcongress.org

Source: Jewish Deaf Congress

Feeling is Believing: Shabbat Shines for Jewish Deafblind

JewishActionby Bayla Sheva Brenner    
November 21, 2012
Jewish Action Winter 2012

With canes in their hands and anticipation on their faces, a number of men and women made their way to the Pearlstone Retreat Center’s main lobby. They had traveled from around the country to the Maryland retreat to experience Shabbat with people just like themselves—Jews who could neither see the light of the Shabbat candles nor hear the words of Kiddush.

Welcome to the Second Annual Jewish Deafblind Shabbaton. Held a few months ago, the event was coordinated by Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education (JADE), a division of the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE) based in Baltimore, and co-sponsored by the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program for the deaf, Towson University, Vital Signs Inc., and the American retailing company Target. Organized by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Baltimore area, the Shabbaton brought together fourteen deafblind Jewish individuals ranging from age sixteen to sixty-something to connect with each other and their Judaism, a rare and joyful encounter they hope to repeat this coming June.

“A deafblind person can be in a room with 500 people, but unless someone communicates with him, he doesn’t know what is going on around him; he is totally isolated,” says Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, national director of Our Way. “The Shabbaton was an opportunity for Jewish deafblind individuals to connect with people who understand them.”


Halachot for the Deafblind

HalchotBy Bayla Sheva Brenner
November 21, 2012
Jewish Action Winter 2012

Can a deafblind individual and his SSP (or friend) engage in tactile signing if they are of different genders? May a wife engage in tactile signing with her deafblind husband when she is a niddah? Can a deafblind individual communicate through assistive technical devices on Shabbat? Can he use a cane or a guide dog on Shabbat where there is no eruv?

These are just some of the she’eilot that will be featured in a new booklet published by Our Way, the Orthodox Union’s program for the deaf and hard of hearing. Compiled by Rabbi Shimon Taub, a noted scholar from Brooklyn, New York and the author of The Laws of Tzedakah and Maaser (New York, 2001), the publication will address halachot pertaining to deafblind individuals. The booklet, the first of its kind, will be carefully reviewed by Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, one of the posekim of OU Kosher.



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