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Concord rabbi listens with his soul

RabbiLeighKeremBy Steven A. Rosenberg  
Globe Staff
August 31, 2013

CONCORD — Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday night, and on a recent day, Rabbi Darby Leigh needed to practice blowing the shofar — the ram’s horn that is tooted on the Jewish new year and other high holidays.

Photo: Colm O'Molloy for The Boston Globe
Rabbi Darby Leigh, who is deaf, practices blowing the ceremonial shofar outside Concord's Congregation Kerem Shalom. "I prefer the lower bassy sound,'' he says. "I can feel it better."

After hitting a few high notes inside his synagogue’s sanctuary, he cradled the 3-foot-long instrument, threw a corner of his prayer shawl over his shoulder, and stepped into a courtyard of Congregation Kerem Shalom, just a few miles away from Walden Pond in Concord.

“It’s all about nature. Peace and love and nature,” he said.

Leigh, who is 40 and was born deaf, exudes enthusiasm as he goes about the simple tasks of the day. He is just the second deaf rabbi to lead a congregation in the United States.

Source: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/08/31/concord-rabbi-listens-with-his-soul/VrWhc7xLSdl2dpw83vP8iO/story.html

How to say "Jewish" and "Rabbi" in signs

JewishThe  Lifeprint (LP) website at American Sign Language University (ASLU) - www.lifeprint.com lists two Jewish signs:


     Jewish: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-signs/j/jewish.htm





Bill Vicars, who is deaf and has a doctorate in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies, says the site is intended to encourage people to "deliver a convenient, enjoyable learning experience that goes beyond the status quo."




      Rabbi: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-signs/r/rabbi.htm




Source: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-signs/j/jewish.htm

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Source: Jewish Deaf Multimedia

High Holiday Services: Kever Avot 2013 - Calif

MountSinaiSunday, Sept. 8
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries

Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Nicole Guzik each lead a service at one of the two sites. There will be interpreters for the hearing impaired at both services. Donations to SOVA Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted.10 a.m. Free. Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.1 p.m. Free. Mount Sinai Simi Valley, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (866) 717-4624. mountsinaiparks.org.

Source: JewishJournal.com



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