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Israeli Study: Music Therapy Helps Deaf Children With Cochlear Implants

Published: January 17, 2010

Toddlers undergoing rehabilitation after a cochlear implant are under intense pressure to begin talking. New research from Israel suggests that music therapy can help deaf or hearing-impaired toddlers who have undergone a cochlear implantation procedure to acquire speech.

Cochlear implants, which are sometimes called bionic ears, are increasingly common today. The surgically implanted electronic device provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. By April 2009, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, 180,000 people worldwide had received the implants and the number is rising annually. In the US alone some 30,000 of these were children.


Jewish resources in greater DC area

Jewish Information and Referral Service at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington lists the following as providing deaf Jewish resources:

     * Baltimore Jewish Deaf Society, Baltimore, MD -

      * Gallaudet University Hillel, Washington, DC -


Interpreted Shabbat Service In Montclair, NJ

Rabbi Darby Leigh welcomes deaf people to attend shabbat service at Bnai Keshet on Saturday, February 6th at 10am followed by Kiddush luncheon at 12 noon.

Deaf rabbi Darby Leigh will lead an "ASL-interpreted Shabbat Service". Bnai Keshet is a Reconstructionist congregation located at 99 South Fullerton Ave. Montclair NJ 07042. Rabbi Darby Leigh says he "would love to welcome more deaf hands to participate in a discussion during the service itself. I hope to see you there." Their website is http://www.bnaikeshet.org

New York Jewish Federation includes Deaf in "Reach Out" Group

AlexisKashar_thumbAlexis Kashar, a deaf attorney, is part of the "Reach Out" musicians group at UJA Federation of New York, a philanthropy raising funds that sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies in New York.



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