Jewish E-Mail Group
The Jewish Sign E-mail Discussion Group (JSDG) is an on-line community dedicated to the exploration and discussion of issues related to Sign language in Jewish settings. The group includes Deaf and hearing, interpreters, educators, rabbis, rabbinical students, parents, and other interested parties.
JSDG is a "live-moderated" e-mail list. JSDG is nondenominational and non-commercial, political or theological messages, solicitations, or commercial advertisements are not accepted and will not be posted. Certain events, news items, and products which are relevant to the mission of JSDG and of general interest to its members may be posted at the discretion of the list moderator.
Free and open discussion and debate are encouraged, with the understanding that members will follow the standards of proper and respectful speech taught by Jewish law and tradition.
Please direct all inquiries, including requests for membership in JSDG to David Kay, List Moderator by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inland Empire Jewish Deaf Community
The Jewish New Year saw a group of 48 adults and children gathered together in Riverside, California for the holiday observance. Coordinated by Tina Jo Breindel and Harold Levy, they worked together to have this done with the help of the hearing Jewish community. This ensured that these people were able to partake in the Rosh Hashanah observance.
Deaf Woman Speaks of Holocaust
On November 8th, Lilly Rattner Shirey, a Deaf survivor of the Holocaust, was invited to speak about her Holocaust experience at Temple B'rith Kodesh in Brighton, NY Along with her mother, sister, and uncle, they all escaped from Vienna, Austria.
Melave Malka in Brooklyn, NY
Beth Torah of the Deaf will host their 29th annual Melave Malka on November 26th in Brooklyn, N.Y Guest speaker is Rabbi David Kastor, Interpreter of the Year Award goes to Shimon Katz, and guest of honor is William R. Newman.
Jewish Deaf Thespians
The recently concluded "Open Window" five-week run (October 14th to November 20th) at the State Theater of California's Pasadena Playhouse featured three Jewish Deaf actors - Shoshannah Stern, Michael Adam Soudakoff, and Jake Grafman. This was a co-production of Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theater. Shoshannah played the role of Susan, the psychologist while Michael and Jake performed as the young boy, sharing the same role in alternating shows. The play is about a deaf 18-year-old, Caliban (named after the wild child in Shakespeare's "Tempest"), who has been locked in a basement for most of his life (and emerges without a voice or a language) and is charged with having murdered his father. Two non-hearing women -- one a linguist, the other a psychologist -- are at odds over how to rehabilitate him after a judge hires them.
There Are People Out There That Care!
Ever accidentally erase or lose a compact flash (CF) card for a digital camera? We and our friend did. Last August, we lost ours in Frankfurt, Germany. Our long time friend who was the best man in our wedding that we had accompanied on the Baltic Sea cruise had snapped many of the same pictures as we did. Unfortunately, he hit a wrong menu selection on his camera that erased images in its memory card. Our compact flash card had presumably fallen out of an unzipped pocket purse prior to boarding our non-stop flight home. Needless to say, we were both were crushed to realize that ours could not be found or recovered.
It took over two months before we reluctantly accepted that it was seemingly lost for good. At times, we each had recurrent "whispers" inside our minds that it would be found only to push away those wishful thoughts.
Well, to our huge surprise, we received a forwarded email from the Jewish Deaf Community Center (JDCC) as sent by an Australian, Mr. Richard Bowey, who works in South Africa. He explained that his son, Adam, was returning from a ski trip in Whistler, Canada had found the camera card at the Frankfurt airport on the way to visit him. He tried without success to track its owners via inquiries at the airport and the two cruise companies that we had sailed on as gleaned from the photos. His father, Richard, offered to try his luck via Google search engine after picking up additional clues from the photos.
The photographs included those of old Jewish synagogues and sites besides our Viking River Cruise name tags and the name of the other cruise ship, Star Princess, that we had posed in front of at various ports. The photos included the first three days in the Czech Republic in the beautiful city of Prague before picking up a Viking river cruiser from Nuremberg, Germany down the awesome Danube River to Budapest, Hungary. From there we flew up to Copenhagen, Denmark for one week before boarding the Star Princess for a Baltic Sea cruise to St. Petersburg, Russia as well as Scandinavian countries. Among the approximately 300 photos, the Jewish sites apparently may have tipped off the sleuthing gentleman that we could be affiliated to a Jewish organization.
With those observations and hunches, he "took a punt" and searched the internet using our given and surnames, Stephen and Eileen Schultz. The JDCC Newsletter popped up among other leads and sent in inquiries to them. Upon receipt of his e-mail, the JDCC forwarded his inquiry to us. Imagine our joyful surprise to read his e-mail regarding a lost memory card that inquired, "Could it belong to your Eileen and Stephen Schultz?" With great excitement, we responded "YES, IT IS US!" and described several places that we had visited in the photographs to verify the fact that we were its proper owners.
Either one of them could have easily erased the expensive CF card for their own use but instead they chose to at least try and find its owners. The father and son efforts have helped to restore our faith that there are good people out there that still care. We look forward to the CF card's promised return via international certified mail and many happy memories. For sure, our best man would be grateful for copies, too!
Police Beats Up a Deaf-mute Foreign Worker
A Deaf man was brutally beaten up by Israeli Immigration police officers at a Tel Aviv restaurant where he works. The police came to the restaurant to check identity cards. After the police could not determine from what country he came from or did not have the proper documents, the police beat upon him because the worker threatened the police officers with a hammer. He was taken into custody, and later released pending further developments.
Fredrick C. Schreiber Enshrined in Deaf Wax Museum
Over 2,400 registrants gathered together at the successful 2005 Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) conference held in San Francisco. One of the attractions there was the Deaf Wax Museum which was conceived by Don Baer. Over the years, he created eight life-sized wax figurines of well known personages that were part of Deaf history. They are: William E. "Dummy" Hoy, Juliette Gordon Low, Laurent Clerc, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Alice Cogswell, Laura Dewey Bridgman, Laura C. Redden Searing, and finally, the eighth figurine, Frederick C. Schreiber. Fred's figurine was unveiled during the DSA luncheon on September 2nd with his daughter, Beth, present. A New York product, he was the first Executive Director of the National Association of the Deaf and is famous for his quote "Ears are not important. It's what's between them that count."
Jewish Interpreter Directory
Are you or do you know an interpreter who has skill or experience with working in Judaic settings? The Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) is compiling an updated directory of these interpreters. If you would like to have your name included in the Directory (again, or perhaps for the very first time), please contact the JDC. All listings are free of charge. If you are listed, you will receive a free copy of the directory. If you have any further questions, contact Lore Rosenthal, M.Ed, CSC, Judaic Interpreter and Advocate, 9629 Horsham Drive, Laurel, MD 20723. E-mail: JewishTerpShe@aol.com, 301/317-9821 V/TTY.