OUR WAY’S DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SINGLES GROUP TO HOLD ANNUAL SHABBAT RETREAT FEBRUARY 11-13 AT JEWISH CENTER IN MANHATTAN
Our Way’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Singles Group, a program of the Orthodox Union, will present its annual retreat Friday through Sunday, February 11-13, at the Jewish Center in Manhattan. This event is being held in conjunction with NAIM -- the North American Inclusion Month program sponsored by the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, which includes Our Way | Jewish Disabilities Integration.
Featured speakers will be a shadchan (matchmaker) from sawyouatsinai.com, who will be signing up participants in the retreat for its services. In addition, there will be a deaf rabbi addressing the group, icebreakers and meals. Saturday night activity will feature ice skating at Bryant Park followed by late dinner. Sunday’s highlight will be a tour of Manhattan. Shabbat davening as well as the rabbi’s sermons will be interpreted into ASL. The third Shabbat meal will feature two deaf young men talking to the gathering about their challenges growing up deaf in the Jewish world.
“Our annual retreat offers deaf Jews the opportunity to meet and socialize, and I am pleased to say that marriages have resulted from it,” declared Batya Jacob, Program Director of Our Way. “It is very appropriate that the retreat should be held as part of NAIM, because Our Way at all times emphasizes the “Inclusion” of the deaf in the Jewish community.”
The early bird special is $110 per person until January 20 and then $125 per person. The cost includes membership in JDSR (Jewish Deaf Singles Registry) for the year. For further information contact Batya Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-613-8127.
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