Power Point Purim is Back for Another Year
Our Way, the Orthodox Union’s program for the deaf and hard of hearing, presents its seventh annual Power Point presentation of Megillat Esther for Purim, which falls on Sunday, March 20 this year, with the Megillah being read Saturday night, March 19 as well.
Our Way of Yachad | Jewish Disabilities Inclusion/National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) is dedicated to providing resources, services, and social programming for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing.
The annual presentation of Megillat Esther, with Hebrew and English side by side through Power Point, allows for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, or learning disabled to have an easily readable format to follow along with a synagogue’s megillah reading. All a synagogue needs is a laptop with a projector and a screen where the disc is shown. The mouse of the computer serves as the place keeper on the screen. Graphics are included, and this year, there is a new option for synagogues to insert their own graphics to accompany the Purim story, allowing for an even more interactive experience.
Batya Jacob, Program Director of Our Way, declared, “NJCD spent February, which was also Yachad’s North American Inclusion Month (NAIM), raising awareness and sensitivity for those with disabilities. As a response for the many synagogues who contacted us about Inclusive programming for the deaf and hard of hearing, visually impaired, and learning disabled, this Power Point Presentation of Megillat Esther is an easy and wonderful opportunity. Last year, 200 shuls participated in this initiative, and we hope to have even more this year.”
Communities participating for the first time this year also include Chicago; Dallas; Danbury, CT; Manhattan; Rochester; and Rockville, MD, in addition to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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