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Shabbat Morning Service Interpreted, Manhattan

Town_VillageTown & Village Synagogue announces another sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Morning Service on January 19th.

WHAT:  A Service with full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets)

WHEN: 10 AM - 12:30 PM
              Saturday, January 19th

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

WHO: Jessica Ames & Naomi Brunnlehrman

A Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services. Pen, paper and electronic devices cannot be used that morning.

For additional information, contact 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

Israel Deaf Blind Theater Group to Perform in NYC

DeafBlindIsraeliJewish Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Center (JDRC) has announced that they have a limited number of discounted group tickets available for "the world famous deaf-blind theater from Israel, Na Laga'At 'Not By Bread Alone'.

ASL interpreted performance will be held at Skirball Center, New York University on Saturday evening, January 26, 2013.

     NYU Skirball Center
     566 LaGuardia Place
     New York, NY 10012

For information or to purchase ticket, contact JDRC at www.jdrc.org.

Source: DeafNYC News

New Theater Gives the Deaf a Chance to be Actors

ArutzShevaArutz Sheva visited the rehearsal room of the Shema theater, which is made up of a group of actors who are deaf and hard of hearing.

By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 12/27/2012, 2:42 AM
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          Play video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEKhLDhFQfs&feature=player_embedded

Arutz Sheva visited the rehearsal room of the Shema theater, which is made up of a group of actors who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The group, which was incorporated for the purpose of creating a new theater for the deaf, is working on the production "Macbeth" that will be presented for the first time in January.

Ella, an actress and teacher at the Shema theater, said, "The first time I appeared on stage here was at the age of 10. I was a little girl who really loved theater, so after many years, growing up and finding myself once again on the same stage is wonderful. It's fun, it's a big part of me."

Nava Ben-Shalom, who is a play director and one of the founders of the Shema theater, explained, "Here at Shema we provide social activities for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, from age 6 till their army service. We've been putting on shows for many years and we decided it's time for us to come out and show everyone what we do here and establish a more organized, professional theater. We aim high and the sky's the limit because we really want to position ourselves as an acting school and a theater for deaf youth who want to develop and be actors.

"There are people here who were born to act," added Ben-Shalom. "They were born to tell stories with their bodies. We don't have to talk. We talk with our bodies. It's unbelievable how much talent we have here and what fun it is to see these people acting."

Shuki, a drama teacher at Shema, said, "I've been here for 30 years, waiting for them to establish the Shema theater and I've been asking and asking. It hasn't been easy. We had difficulties but it's been my lifelong dream to establish a theater here, and finally it's time and we've done it. It's a great gift for the deaf."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/163573#.UN3so3fNl8E

Deaf-Blind Israeli Theater Bringing Their Breadmaking To NY

DeafBlindIsraeliBy Garth Johnston in Food on December 11, 2012 3:07 PM

Photo: Time to make the bread.

We've yet to hear anything really good about the "dark dining" restaurant Dans Le Noir (though horror stories about their blackout gimmick we've heard!). But maybe what the "blind" dining movement needed was just a theatrical kick in the pants. Which is exactly what the Israeli play Not By Bread Alone, from the “Nalaga’at” Theater Deaf-blind Acting Ensemble, will be bringing to New York City next month.

After successful runs in London and Tel Aviv the Adina Tal-directed play comes to NYU's Skirball center January 16 through 31. And it sure sounds unlike anything we've seen. Featuring eleven deaf-blind actors, the show moves along as they knead, raise and bake bread on stage while telling their stories. And the on stage baking and the senses it elicits is not just a gimmick (something that should be no surprise to anyone who saw the recent revival of Our Town). Eventually, at least according to the press materials, "a unique encounter occurs between actors and audience. Together they re-enact vivid or distant memories, recall forgotten dreams and joyful moments and ‘touch’ the spark of Creation present in every one of us." Did we mention the actors are Jewish, Muslim and Christian Israelis? For a sense of what to expect, here's a preview video clip from the show's initial run in 2008:

DeafBlindIsraelMeanwhile it isn't just about the theater! As part of the show, Danny "Shake Shake" Meyer's Union Square Events has partnered with the Nalaga'at to bring the experience of dining in total darkness, while being served by blind waiters, to New Yorkers who prefer context to their dining dans le noir. Reservations will be available for those "Blackout" meals Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the run of the show (212-488-1505). Further, at the show's Café Kapish "an out of the ordinary experience" will be made available for all ticket holders before and after performances: "Come early and engage with the deaf and hearing-impaired staff through sign language only in a casual eating environment."

Contact the author of this article or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further questions, comments or tips.

Play Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RSNxIY5Worw

Source: http://gothamist.com/2012/12/11/deaf-blind_israeli_theater_bringing.php


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