Our Way to Present Shabbaton in Brooklyn, 3/16-17

March 6, 2012


Our Way, the Orthodox Union’s program for the deaf and hard of hearing, will hold a Shabbaton in Brooklyn the weekend of March 16-17 at Kingsway Jewish Center, 2810 Nostrand Avenue.

Our Way is dedicated to providing resources, services, and social programming for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing. It is a division of the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

The Shabbaton will feature Deaf Torah Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Kastor; Deaf Coordinator Tzila Seewald-Russel; and Deaf hosts Avrummy and Rochi Globman.

It will also feature a special showing of Banai, the story of Liran Banai, a hearing son of deaf parents who was ambushed and critically injured during the Gaza War. The DVD will be shown in voice, Hebrew sign language, and English caption. Shabbaton topics will include “How to Pray: What to Say”; “The Miracles of Pesach”; a session of “Ask OU About Pesach” with OU Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Shmuel Singer; an interpreted Torah reading; inspiring stories, and much more.

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Kastor graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Computer Science. He is married to an Israeli deaf woman, Tchia. He received his rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel in Baltimore, and started the Ahavas Israel School of the Deaf in Fredrick, MD. He has worked for Our Way as a Regional Representative of Maryland for more than 18 years.

Tzila Seewald-Russel, the Deaf Coordinator, wears bilateral chochlear implants. She is a Graduate student at Hunter College School of Social Work, and currently resides in Washington Heights with her husband, Tzvi.

Avrummy Globman works at Adorama Camera and occaionsally interprets for people who are hard of hearing. Rochi Globman works in computer graphics and is beginning to learn how to sign. They are married five years and have three children.

The cost of the Shabbaton is $35 per person, with scholarships available and discounts for families. Applications and checks (payable to Our Way Shabbaton) for a reservation should be mailed to Our Way, C/O Avrummy Globman, 118 Avenue J, Brooklyn NY 11230. He can be reached at VP: 347-497-6360 or email {encode=”mailto:avrummyglobman@juno.com” title=”avrummyglobman@juno.com”}.

For more information about Our Way, contact Rabbi Lederfeind (relay/voice) at 212-613-8234 or {encode=”mailto:ourway@ou.org” title=”ourway@ou.org”}.

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