Sunday, November 01, 2009

Speaking of signing... Jewish!

Well, I wasn't.
But did you know that Toronto boasts what I understand to be the only yeshiva for deaf and hard-of-hearing young men?  Apparently, they come from around the world to study here.
It's called Yeshivas Nefesh Dovid.  Visit the site, watch the video testimonials, donate if you can... but even if you can't, know that it's out there and help spread awareness:  deaf kids don't have to go to public schools to receive the best education possible.  They also, apparently, hold a Sukkos kumsitz fundraiser that might be fun.  Definitely something to remember for next year!
 
I should also mention this site, DeafJews.org.  They offer ASL videos for different Jewish occasions.  Unfortunately, the site is very much under construction.  I hope for many more videos in future, but at the moment, I could only find three, dealing with the month of Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
I’ve only watched the Yom Kippur one, but it’s definitely worth watching.  Lots of fun!  Not great for language acquisition, however:  it’s aimed at Jews who are deaf, which is fantastic.  It’s definitely an area with a lot of need.

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