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FLASH NEWS: Free trip to Israel for Deaf Jewish Young Adults

RachelBenedict3Would you like the opportunity to go on a 10-day trip to Israel for free? If you are age 18-26, Jewish, and have never been to Israel with a peer group, you might qualify to participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel, the program that offers Diaspora Jews free trips to Israel. Registration for the next trip opens on February 13, 2013.

In the summer of 2012, 15 students from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and other universities participated in the Taglit-Birthright Israel program for the twelfth year.

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$1.5M gift pledged to Fresno State deaf program

FresnoStateDeafPublished on 01/24/2013 - 10:48 am
Written by Gabriel Dillard
The Business Journal

A pioneer in electronic communication for the deaf has pledged a $1.5 million gift to Fresno State, the university announced today.

Photo: Joseph Slotnick has pledged a gift of more than $1 million to The Silent Garden at Fresno State.

Computer programmer and Harvard University alumnus Joseph Slotnick's gift will benefit "The Silent Garden," a project within the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies to promote communication for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Slotnick, who has been deaf since the age of three, was involved in the development of teletypewriter technology to help deaf people communicate over the telephone. He was the fifth deaf person to ever attend Harvard.

The gift will establish the Joseph S. Slotnick Distinguished Professorship in The Silent Garden. Slotnick said in a Fresno State-produced video that the gift is meant to help connect parents and their children.

"That's why I'm able to make this commitment to support The Silent Garden so that parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children will have the things to work with to help their deaf children," Slotnick said.

Fresno State Professor Emeritus Paul W. Ogden, who established The Silent Garden, is a long-time friend of Slotnick.

Source: http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/education/4720-1m-plus-gift-pledged-to-fresno-state-deaf-program

Why are most 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!

I know you are frustrated, and we are frustrated also! We depend on people and organizations to inform JDCC of upcoming events. When we find out about their events, we contact them and request that they inform JDCC News ahead of time. Many of these events are planned at last minute without opportunity to announce in advance.

We still publish their events in JDCC News anyway - simply because we want people who live close to their events to know more about their local organization, and hopefully ask them to add advance time in planning and announcing their events!

We request PLEASE - if you want more people to participate - to send your event announcements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least six weeks in advance (or longer).

JDCC News Staff

2 Senses Missing, 3 Others Step Up

NYTimes_NalagaatBy ISABEL KERSHNER
Published: January 15, 2013

TEL AVIV — Next time you’re alone in a dark, quiet room, shut your eyes. Block out all sound.

For the deaf and blind performers of Nalagaat, an acclaimed Israeli theater ensemble, the impregnable darkness and silence is just reality, a black canvas on which to work.

Photo: Members of the Nalagaat troupe — deaf, blind, many unable to talk — preparing bread onstage. Credit: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

In the troupe’s “Not by Bread Alone,” which is to have its United States premiere at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University on Wednesday, brush strokes of raw memories, fantastical journeys, pantomime sketches and fleeting but indelible snippets of dreams add up to a theatrical happening that draws the audience into the performers’ world.

The actors of Nalagaat (the name is Hebrew for Please Do Touch) can’t see or hear the audience; most of them can’t talk. Interpreters convey their inner voices according to a script, and supertitles in English, Hebrew and Arabic appear on a screen above the stage. Sometimes a silent-movie-type soundtrack tinkles in the background. At other times the audience is invited to sing along with a song composed for the show.

All the while the actors perform an earthy, tactile task: kneading and baking bread, with the aroma wafting up from the ovens at the back of the stage. They share their thoughts on subjects like whom they would most want to give their bread to (a kind soul, a hungry child) and what life is all about. The opening tableau of the 11 bakers sitting at long tables evolves into a meticulously timed succession of scenes and sketches, some comic and bordering on burlesque, like an imaginary visit to a celebrity hairdresser, and others that are more realistic and heart rending.

The story of how Nalagaat came to be is one of serendipity, born of an encounter between a group of disabled adults and a theater director who professes to have little patience and even less sense of pity.

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