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Jewish Deaf Congress - Tentative Conference Program

JDC_washingtondcThe JDC Conference will be held at Park Hyatt in Washington, DC. from May 29 to June 2, 2013. The theme is “Reenergizing the Jewish Deaf Community”.

JDC has posted tentative program schedule on their website:

Fascinating Evidence - Rabbi David Kastor

Your Leadership: Dynamic or Disaster A Look at Your Leadership Ability - Debbie Mayer

Panel Discussions:

Accessibility in the Jewish Community - Alexis Kashar, Suzy Rosen Singleton, Michael Stein and more.


The Changing Landscape of the Jewish Deaf Community - Sharon Ann Dror, Celit Hayget, Jeff Cohen and 2 others.

Workshops:

How Can I use Digital Marketing to Our Community's Advantage? - Cory Axelrod
Taste of Shabbat: Wine Tasting - Dr. Stephen Chaikind

Debbie Mayer will be keynote speaker during Shabbat Dinner. Topic is "It is Cool to be Jewish!"

Rabbi Fred Friedman will lead Shacharit morning and Kabbalat Shabbat services, and Havdalah (end of Shabbat) ceremony.

Source: http://jewishdeafcongress.org/program

Jacob Rodrigues Pereira: a Portugal Jew in 18th Century

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Jacob Rodrigues Pereira (1715-1780), educator and researcher, Portuguese Jew of the eighteenth century, was a pioneer in teaching deaf mutes and the creation of sign language.

Born in Peniche within a Jewish family with roots in Chacim, Macedo de Cavaleiros, emigrated to France as a child led by parents, Rodrigues Pereira Magalhães and Ribea Abigail Rodrigues, who tried to escape the Inquisition. The family settled permanently in Bordeaux, where there was already a sizable community of Portuguese Jews. It is here that Jacob, six, is submitted to the Brit Milah (circumcision), a ritual that the Inquisition in Portugal forbidden under penalty of death.

Painting of Jacob Rodrigues Pereira - possibly with a deaf child.

Hailed as one of the greatest educators of the eighteenth century, Jacob Rodrigues Pereira joined the Academy, where he had friends and admirers among the great figures of French culture and science of the time, among which stand out Georges-Louis Leclerc , Comte de Buffon (1707-1788).

Their study " Observations sur les-sourds muets ", published Paris in 1762, is considered the first scientific work ever written about deaf people and earned him an annuity granted by King Louis XV. Following its investigation, Jacob Rodrigues Pereira would develop the first drafts of sign language, allowing communication with the deaf mutes, hitherto considered "mentally ill" by the doctrines dominant. Jacob Rodrigues Pereira is buried in the Jewish cemetery Villette in Paris.

Like other Portuguese Jews forced into exile, the name of Jacob Rodrigues Pereira is virtually unknown in Portugal. This despite having been founded in Lisbon in 1834, the Institute Jacob Rodrigues Pereira , a pioneer in teaching deaf and now integrated in Portugal Casa Pia in Lisbon. With a presence on the Internet, the Institute makes no mention of the man who inspired its creation.

Descendants of Jacob Rodrigues Pereira remained in France, where he eventually Frenchified his name into Pereire in the early nineteenth century. One of the most respected members of this family of Portuguese Jews who emigrated was Jacob Emile Pereire (1800-1875), great-grandson of Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, banker and parliamentary born in Bordeaux.

JacobRodriguesPereiraIn 1835 Emile Jacob was responsible for the construction of the railway between Paris and Saint Germain and later founded, with his brother Isaac, Société Générale de Crédit Mobilier, which would become the largest banking institution in France. The two brother (see Connaissez-vous vraiment les Frères Pereire? ) would also create, in 1855, the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (see also French Line ), the first French company to ensure maritime careers vapors regularly between New York and Havre. The ship Pereire was then the fastest Atlantic crossing in 1867 ensuring between France and the United States in eight days and 16 hours. When the Crédit Mobilier filed for bankruptcy, Emile Jacob gave $ 16 million of his own money to prevent the collapse of the institution. When he died, the fortune of Jacob Emile Pereire was estimated at over $ 60 million.

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CODA Holocaust Survivor Shares her Experiences

ReneeHA Yale University video of Renee H relating her experience as a Holocaust survivor, also a CODA (child of Deaf adults). Renee is Hetty and Ira Rothenberg's mom's sister. The video description explains "From the point of view of the child that she was at the time, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen from Bratislava, Slovakia relates her wartime experiences. She tells how, in German- occupied Bratislava, she served as the "ears" of her deaf parents and younger sister, alerting them to impending round-ups of Jews.

"She speaks of her vain attempts to find shelter for her sister and herself after the deportation of her parents, and her voluntary surrender to the police in the hopes of being reunited with her parents in Auschwitz. She describes the life that she and her sister led in Bergen-Belsen, where, to her dismay, the train had taken them instead, and where they remained until their liberation.

"After the war she again had the sense of having been taken to the wrong place when, arriving in New York during a heat wave, she thought she was in Africa. But the voices of unfamiliar relatives calling, "Renée" signaled the beginning of her new life."

Video is captioned.

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