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How to Communicate with People who Have a Hearing Loss – Without Feeling Awkward

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March 22, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The program will feature: 

  • 10 tips for helping to understand and make yourself understood to someone with a hearing loss
  • Resources for people with hearing loss  (captioning, CART services, voice to text apps)

Presented by: Yael Zelinger, Disability and Inclusion Associate, Coordinator of JADE: Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education, Education Associate, and Martha Goodman.

About Yael:
Yael earned her  Master of Arts in Deaf Education/Special Education from McDaniel College. She has worked at the Macks Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore since 1999, advocating for people with special needs and specifically people with hearing loss. She proudly manages the CJE’s Access Grant that helps pay for interpreters and captions for Jewish community events and videos. She also runs regular ASL Meet Ups for people who sign, to get together and shmooze around a Jewish theme, teaches American Sign Language in Bais Yakov HS, and advocates and educates the Jewish community on how to accommodate people with hearing loss through workshops like this.

About Martha:

Martha has been with Baltimore’s Center for Jewish Education since 2005, working with over 150 families each year, as they navigate the special education system. In addition, she helped to build the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance database, and can connect patrons to hundreds of resources, as needed. She has developed expertise in captioning, making CJE programming more accessible. Martha is a member of the Special Education State Advisory Committee.  She and he daughter Meira have been spokespeople for Maryland Relay, which enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with a person who can hear in a manner that is “functionally equivalent” to the ability of an individual without a disability to communicate by telephone.



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Partnering Synagogues:
Anshei Chesed Congregation, Boynton Beach (FL)
Anshei Emuna Congregation, Delray Beach (FL)
Beth David Synagogue, West Hartford (CT)
Bialystoker Synagogue, New York (NY)
B’nai Israel-Ohev Zedek, Philadelphia (PA)
Congregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford (CT)
Congregation Ahavas Sholom, Columbus (OH)
Congregation Aitz Chaim, West Palm Beach (FL)
Congregation Anshe Sfard, New Orleans (LA)
Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, Glendale (WI)
Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, Wynnewood (PA)
Congregation Beth Ora, Montreal (QUE)
Congregation Beth Sholom, Providence (RI)
Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck (NJ)
Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills (NY)
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, New York (NY)
Congregation Ohav Zedek, Wilkes-Barre (PA)
Congregation Tiferet Israel, Austin (TX)
Congregation Torah Ohr, Boca Raton (FL)
Congregation Zvi Jacob, Utica (NY)
Darchei Noam, Minneapolis (MN)
East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (EDOS), Denver (CO)
Fleetwood Synagogue, Fleetwood (NY)
Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach (NY)
Kehillat New Hempstead (NY)
Kehillat Shaarei Torah of Toronto (ONT)
Keneseth Beth Israel, Richmond (VA)
Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue, Baltimore (MD)
Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, Baltimore (MD)
Suburban Torah, Livingston (NJ)
United Orthodox Synagogues, Houston (TX)
Young Israel of Bal Harbour, Surfside (FL)
Young Israel of Brookline (MA)
Young Israel of Deerfield Beach (FL)
Young Israel of East Brunswick (NJ)
Young Israel of Elkins Park (PA)
Young Israel of Fort Lee (NJ)
Young Israel of Hillcrest (NY)
Young Israel of Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale (FL)
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills (NY)
Young Israel of New Hyde Park (NY)
Young Israel of Plainview (NY)
Young Israel of Queens Valley (NY)
Young Israel of Southfield (MI)
Young Israel of Stamford (CT)
Young Israel of West Hartford (CT)
Young Israel of West Hempstead (NY)

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March 22, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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