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Jewish and Deaf: One Microculture or Two?

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Sheryl Cooper

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Disabled)

Keywords: Disability; Outreach; Inclusion

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Deaf Jews are members of two cultures. The Deaf community, is strong and unified, but for Deaf Jews, there are many barriers to full participation in the Jewish community, including a halachic view that emphasizes disability and the lack of adequate educational and religious services. Recommendations are made to support the attempts of Deaf Jews to become full members of the Jewish community.