OU To Reprint Our Way’s Signs of the Seder

12 Mar 2009

In preparation for Passover, Our Way is republishing “Signs of the Seder,” a pamphlet for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing, celebrating the Seder in sign language. Like the recently published “Shabbat Manual in Sign,” which presents the signs for various Hebrew terms related to Shabbat, “Signs of the Seder” includes key signs for the Passover Seder such as the Order of the Seder, the Four Questions, and the blessings recited on wine, hand washing, Matzah, and Maror (bitter herbs).

Our Way for the Jewish Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a division of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), an agency of the Orthodox Union, which provides social, educational, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and young adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. The reprinting of “Signs of the Seder” is being sponsored by LifeLinks, a premier on demand video interpreting and relay service offering a live translator in over 180 languages as well as sign language for deaf and hard of hearing. For more information about LifeLinks visit www.LifeLinks.net.

“Signs of the Seder” was originally printed in 2001 under the direction of T’chia Kastor. It was in high demand and thousands of copies were distributed. Through its illustrations and comprehensive explanations, the booklet’s goal is to enhance the religious observance of the Jewish Deaf Community and to enable them to play a more active role in their family or community Seder.

Contributions for the pamphlet can be sent to Our Way, Orthodox Union, 11 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, or by contacting Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, National Director of Our Way, at 212.613.8234 or ourway@ou.org.

For more information about Our Way visit www.ourway.org.