New Berlin Museum Exhibit Covers Deaf Jews In Workshops
Under auspices of the Jewish Museum and as part of the
"Blind Trust" project in Eastern Berlin, a small Berlin museum there has an exhibit in tribute to Erich Frey and
her 12-page letter he wrote in 1942 to his daughters who had left Germany three years earlier. In this letter, Frey
gives a personal account of persecution under the Nazis. The exhibition takes place in the workshop where German owner Otto Weidt employed blind and deaf people to
make brushes. Weidt was able to protect Jews up to 1943--among them Frey, a former bank employee. Frey and his
wife Elsbeth had to go in hiding in 1943 and they were discovered in April 1944 by the Gestapo and deported to
the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia where they were taken to the Auschwitz death camp.
Equalize Payments To Deaf?
Ruth Sinai, Ha'aretz correspondent reports in the July 3rd
edition of The Ha'aretz Daily News in Tel Aviv that the Finance Ministry in Israel is proposing to equalize National Insurance Institute (Nil) payments to
hearing-impaired children. This discovery was made in a document the Ministry submitted to the High Court of Justice. Under
current regulations, a hearing-impaired child receives a full disability allowance up to the age of eight, a 50%
allowance between ages 8-13, and a 70% allowance 14 years and older. David
Harpaz, father of a deaf girl, had petitioned the court opposing these regulations arguing
that they are totally irrational and that all deaf children, of any age, should receive a full allowance. The state's
response noted that both the treasury and Nil agreed. The treasury proposes, however, to equalize the allowances
without increasing the budget meaning some children would receive more and others would start receiving less.
Cochlear Implant Author To Make Appearances
Arlene Romoff, author of "Hear Again - Back to Life with
a Cochlear Implant" is making appearances at a number of conventions this summer: the SHHH national convention in Cherry Hill, NJ; the Northeast Regional Family
Retreat in Sturbridge, MA, and the Cochlear Implant Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Romoff was
hearing until she became 20 years old. "Little by little, slowly but surely, my hearing kept declining until 30 years
later, I had virtually none". Her book focuses on her year-long journey back to the "hearing world" with her cochlear
implant. It is published by the League for the Hard of Hearing in New York. For information, contact the League's
Publications Department at 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 or www.lhh.org/catalog/hearagain.htm
Sculptist Gary Mayers Makes Noise
The Union-Tribune in San Diego, CA reported on June
28th the accomplishments of Gary Mayers who sculpts works of art in his studios from
wood, marble, metal, stone and resin. Mayers, 46, has always known since high school that he
would "do the art and sculpture for other people to enjoy". Mayer's work is displayed at the Lillian Berkley
Collection in Escondido, CA. He sold his first piece in 1984 through a gallery in 1984. It was a bronze
piece resembling a fish called 'Fossil'. He says some of his sculpture pieces takes as long as a year. A
four-foot long replica of his 10-inch piece 'Form' has been commissioned by Gallaudet University in Washington,
D.C. Mayers will oversee construction which will be completed by a foundry in Monterey, CA.
Mayers' work has also been purchased by the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, the UCLA Medical Center and
the Palm Springs Desert Museum as well as private collections and museums throughout the world. Mayers
also plays tennis, fencing and likes to go fishing. He travels around the world looking for ideas. "I enjoy seeing
the different artwork created by different cultures. It gives me a global perspective of art and people", he says. He
hopes to visit islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand on his next trip.
Three Jewish People Inducted Into Fraternity
Robert Harris, Daniel Langholtz and Dr. Martin Florsheim
was among the thirteen people inducted as honorary brothers of the Kappa Gamma Fraternity at Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C. during its 100th anniversary celebration on June 21
st. Harris, was a community leader and is now a full-time entrepreneur. Langholtz is a
clinical social worker who has been involved in mental health, rehabilitation and interpreting and Florsheim who
is currently principal of P.S. 47 in New York City was instrumental in bringing changes and improvements to
the school. The fourth Jewish person was also inducted: Dr. Alan Marcus, a child of deaf adults and a psychologist
and coordinator of Mental Health Services at Gallaudet University.
Matlin To Host AIDS Benefit
Academy award winner Marlee Matlin is hosting a party
and performance of Nickelodeon's 'Blue's Clues Live!' to benefit the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
(CAAF). This stage presentation benefit will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, August 4th. Matlin
appeared in 'Blue's Clues' as 'Marlee the Librarian' teaching Steve and Blue sign language. Her children's novel
"Caution, Deaf Child Crossing", will be published by Simon and Schuster in February 2002. CAAF supports
infrastructures already in place by funding the pressing needs of organizations serving their respective pediatric
HIV/AIDS communities. This year alone, CAAF will grant over $1,250,000 to 55 agencies in 22 states across the
Nowak Plays Spectacular Volleyball
Stacy Nowak was named 'Athlete of the Day' by the
Torchbearer during the Deaf lympics 2001 which was held in Rome, Italy. In her first international match,
Nowak was said to play "spectacular volleyball, placing herself all over the court. Nowak was relentless in her serves, her kills,
and provided tremendous support to the Triple Towers with several blocks that thwarted the opponents' offense".
North Jersey Center To Celebrate 25th
Chairman Timothy Golden and assistant chairperson
Rose Pizzo has unveiled details of the North Jersey Community Center of the Deaf
(NJCCD)'s 25th anniversary banquet in honor of deceased club founder Morton
Grand. It will be held on Saturday, October 13th at Friar Tuck Inn in Cedar Grove, NJ. For further information,
contact Harry Sahatjian at 21 Westerholt Avenue, West Paterson, NJ 07424. The celebration is limited to 250
people on a first-come, first-served basis.
Myers Teaches Deaf Children To Play Tennis
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Michigan reported on
July 29th that tennis "lessons teach more than just tennis to hard of hearing children." In an article by staff writer
Amy Boerema, Kimberly Cummins is quoted as saying "They tell me I'm a killer out there because I just hit four
balls over the fence..." Cummins, 16 is a Waukesha resident and one of the students who gained an increased
sense of self-esteem after taking tennis lessons for deaf and hard of hearing children with Howard Meyers and his
crew. Myers along with five other tennis experts volunteered their coaching skills to provide free lessons for
twelve children, 7-17 years old at the Woyahn Tennis Center in Waukesha. Myers has played tennis for over 50
years and previously taught deaf children at the Wisconsin Lions Camp m Rosholt. Funding for the WauKesha
lessons comes from the Wisconsin Tennis Association and the Midwest Tennis Foundation. He says tennis is a
great game for children with hearing impairments to gain skill and confidence because it's not a team sport that
requires verbal communication.
Joint Camp Session To Develop Student Appreciation
Marcy Dropkin was program director of the weeklong
Rainbow Bridge Arts Camp which took place at the Milwaukee Sign Language School in southeastern Wisconsin in June. A result of camp partners; the Center for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Brookfield, the Milwaukee Sign Language School, the Milwaukee Public Theatre
and Dreamtime Studio at Danceworks Inc., it provided students with the opportunity to appreciate and participate in visual arts, dance, drama, writing and music.
Sixteen deaf and hard of hearing ranging from 8 to 13 years old participated in this camp which was funded
primarily by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and also included projects involving
African and Asian culture. "We want to expose the kids to as many role models as possible, especially deaf role
models" says Dropkin.
Andrew Bloom, 44, is no hurry to marry. Deaf since birth,
Bloom lives in Melbourne, Australia and operates a cleaning business. A profile of him ran in the Melbourne Edition
of the Australian Jewish News saying that the best thing that ever happened to him from his former marriage is two
sons Ashley, 11 and Nicholas, 9. "They're so delightful and witty", Bloom says. In talking about life in Australia,
Bloom says he does not feel beset by a disability. "I can do everything that a normal person can except pick up the
phone... Now with easy access to fax, email and Australian Communication Exchange, distance communication is
no longer an issue and he can run his business." He has a close circle of Jewish friends that have been around
since childhood, most of whom are still married. He says meeting women is not hard but they are rarely Jewish. "I
am difficult to understand at first, people have to be patient with me. If they don't have the patience then I forget about
it or move on." About being a parent, he says "Responsibility has made me a better person much less selfish.
Without children I'd be a selfish son."
Festival Of Cinema For The Deaf?
Yes, its true... the Chicago Institute for the Moving Image
(CIMI) is planning a 'Festival of Cinema for the Deaf' in Chicago to feature films created for a deaf audience.
Among program activities during this March 1-4, 2002 event is prominent speakers from deaf and hearing communities. They welcome film and applications. This appears to be a hearing event that welcomes "Deaf films"
and has committed to providing sign language interpreters. Liz Tannenbaum, a Deaf actress is said to be working
on the production of a film for this CIMI event. Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer of the Congregation Bene Shalom/Hebrew Association of the Deaf is listed as a CIMI faculty
member. Interested persons can contact CIMI at 1610 Highland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 or visit their website
Corson To Leave Kentucky For Connecticut
Harvey Corson, will be leaving his position as superintendent of Kentucky School for the Deaf
(KSD), the country's first state-supported school for the Deaf to assume the
executive director job with the American School for the Deaf (ASD), the oldest school of the Deaf in the country.
"It was a difficult decision for me and my wife, Mary Ann", Corson says, "Our hearts are here in Kentucky." He will
start his new job at the school in West Hartford, CT on November 1st. Just as Corson was the first Deaf person
to become superintendent at KSD, he also will be the first deaf superintendent at
New Year Card Fundraiser
Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf is offering a "lovely
linen cream colored New Year's card with blue ink that says 'L'Shana Tova' in the language of the deaf,
fingerspelling, and also in English on the front with a hand pouring honey onto an apple. Inside the card, also in
fingerspelling and English it says: 'All Our best wishes for the New Year'. This announcement was made by Jan
Seeley with TBS who says card can be bought at $2 each or 10 cards for $15 plus $1.80 postage ($1.25 postage for
4 cards). "The cards come packaged in clear cellophane fastened with red apple stickers." The card can be seen on
their website at www.tbsdeafjewish.org/ and click on the "What's New" button and order through Seeley at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to TBS to: TBS/Jan Seeley, 12200 Bradford Place, Granada Hills, CA 91344-1901.
Adam Stone Proves It Can Be Done'
Former JDCC News youth columnist Adam Stone of Del
Mar, CA was recently mentioned in the August 9th edition of the Washington Post as one of three disabled students
doing an internship with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in McLean, VA. An amateur actor and playwright, Adam M.
Stone is currently enrolled at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
(NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. During his stint at Booz-Allen, a global management and technology consulting firm who has started
an "emerging leaders" program to prepare promising students with disabilities for leadership roles, Stone has
been assigned to their disabilities consulting practice. "This is a win-win program," says
Booz-Allen community relations manager Barbara Haight, "It helps students get
a jump-start into leadership-oriented careers, and it helps dispel people's stereotypes of employees with disabilities."
Rebecca Lovitch Appears On The Garcia Brothers TV Show
Her parents explain, "it is a story about a hearing impaired
becomes friend with Larry, the youngest of the family. The Garcia hail from the city of San Antonio where they live in
a very middle class neighborhood on the west side of the town. Larry be comes a student
buddy for the school. That role is like a guide who takes around new students. So
Larry's new student was Rebecca, Tammy. They became really good friends, in fact Larry invited Tammy to
his house. They had dinner and she taught the family several food table/ food signs which was very educating
for the Garcia family. Larry had learned what was like to be Deaf by wearing ear plugs for one day at school. Larry
had lost his Student Buddy job because the entire class had made fun of Tammy which was a misunderstanding
thing which had upset Tammy. But in the end they became good friends again."
Jewish Education Course For Deaf
The Hebrew College has obtained funding by Combined
Jewish Philanthropies to present an 'Interpreting In Jewish Settings: Core Themes & Prayers in Judaism' on
Thursday evenings starting October 18th through November 15th at the Hebrew College in Brookline, MA.
Among its planned topics: The Jewish year, What is Prayer?, Berakhah (Blessing), The
Sh'ma, and Issues of Interpretation. All classes will be presented in sign language and the fee is $125. Tuition assistance for Deaf
participants are available and they are currently arranging for CEU/ACET for interpreters. For more information, email to Irma Kahle at
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