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posted 5-6-2003

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 together.

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.



About OU

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 world’s most recognized kosher symbol and can be found on over 250,000 products manufactured in 68 countries around the globe.

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