Our Way Welcomes Jewish Deaf to Dallas For OU Shabbaton, Feb 15-16

09 Jan 2008


Congregation Ohr HaTorah
6324 Churchill Way
Dallas, TX 75230
February 15-16, 2008

This winter season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Dallas, February 15-16. The Shabbaton is designed to meet the specific needs of the deaf and hearing impaired and to provide them with a one-of-a-kind Sabbath experience. It will be held at Congregation Ohr Torah, 6324 Churchill Way.

The Shabbaton is co-sponsored by NCSY, whose Southwest Region is based in Dallas.

Highlights of the Shabbaton include the presence of a Deaf Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Kastor. Rabbi Kastor graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Computer Science and received his semicha (rabbinical ordination) from Ner Israel in Baltimore. While in Maryland, he started the Ahavas Israel School of the Deaf, located in Frederick, and taught there for two years. Rabbi Kastor has worked for Our Way as Regional Representative of Maryland for more than 18 years. He is married to an Israeli deaf woman, Tchia.

The Shabbaton Host is Terri Kravetz. She holds college degrees in sign-language interpretation and sociology, and is also a former educational interpreter for high-schools and community colleges. Terri’s husband, Dr. James Kravetz, is a family physician. Their two sons, and a daughter-in-law, reside in New York City.

Along with special programming, the Our Way Shabbaton will provide three delicious meals and snacks; an interpreted synagogue service; a beginner’s prayer service; child care; and an opportunity to join together with others from the deaf community to live and learn about Judaism.

To attend, send an application and check for $30 by February 11 to Our Way Shabbaton, c/o Terri Kravetz, 6401 Mountain Lake Court, Arlington, TX 76016.

For more information contact her by voice/relay telephone at 817-572-0333, or by email at tkravetz@sbcglobal.net.

For information on Our Way national programs, contact Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, Director of Our Way, at 212-613-8234 or email ourway@ou.org.