NY Disabilities Organizations Co-host May Conference
The Orthodox Union's Our Way and National Jewish Council for Disabilities
program for Jewish people who are deaf or hard of hearing will present
its Fourth Annual Family Shabbaton at the Homowack Hotel, May16 to 18
in New York's Catskill Mountains. The Shabbaton will take place side-by-side
with the OU's Annual Yachad Family Shabbaton for the developmentally
disabled. Families with deaf or hard of hearing members will have the
opportunity to meet one another while experiencing an enriching Shabbat
The theme of the weekend will be "Raising a Mench"(literally,
a "man," but with the connotation of a good person). Featured
speakers will include Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, Director of the Lifetime
Care Foundation for Jewish Disabled, and co-author of the weekly column
in the Jewish Press, "Relationship and Parenting"; Dr. Barbara
Strassman, an associate professor at the College of New Jersey and the
coordinator of programs in education of the deaf and hard of hearing;
and Steven Lependorf , a family psychologist whose work specializes
in deaf and hard of hearing families.
Topics such as building self-esteem, developing social skills, and lessening
parental stress will be discussed. There will be a separate children's
Shabbat program to take place during the parent workshops.
In addition, families will have the opportunity to meet with OU and
NJCD leadership throughout the weekend. "Many of our children are
the only deaf child in their Jewish community or school. This is a unique
opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing children to meet their peers
and to form lasting friendships with other hearing disabled children"
declared Batya Jacob, Program Director for Our Way/NJCD.
For further information and prices, please contact the Our Way/NJCD
office at (212) 613-8127. Transportation from Brooklyn and New York
is available at an additional fee.
The Orthodox Union, now in its second century of service to the Jewish
community of North America and beyond, is a world leader in community
and synagogue services, adult education, youth work through NCSY, political
action through the IPA, and advocacy for persons with disabilities through
Yachad and Our Way. Its kosher supervision label, the OU® , is the
worlds most recognized kosher symbol and can be found on over
250,000 products manufactured in 68 countries around the globe.