Jewish Heritage Program for the Deaf

Jewish Heritage for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired program

 

The Jewish Heritage for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired program was designed to assist the deaf population of Israel, to provide a bridge between their world and the world of the hearing population, through Jewish heritage and content that focuses on Jewish heritage.

The program primarily supports youth and young adults, and also extends a helping hand to senior citizens. The program aims to reinforce the Jewish and Zionist identity of the participants through interactive activities that promote open discussion and active participation.

The program highlights the milestones of Jewish life, and celebrates the religious holidays in the Jewish calendar. It also aims to empower deaf youth so that they can make the most of their individual potential. The program content is dynamic, and can be expanded to appeal to as many members of this population as possible.

The activity is mainly aimed at towns and cities with clubs for the deaf, and after-school programs for this population. A large number of participants also come from nearby smaller communities.

The main locations where the program operates include: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Bnei Barak, Petach Tikvah, Ashdod, Jerusalem, Netanya, Rishon LeZion, Beersheba, Kiryat Gat, Bat Yam, Dimona, Ashkelon, Afula, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona, Holon, Herzliyah, Ashdod, Yavneh and Rehovot.

The support provided by the Jewish Agency enables the program to arrange highly enjoyable experiential annual bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah events. These activities attract deaf youth and their families from all over the country, from the north to the south, to Jerusalem to celebrate the youth undertaking a commitment to Jewish law.

In addition to providing support for a performing troupe of deaf youth from all over the country, the Jewish Agency also allocates “second generation” student grants (for the children of two deaf parents), and additional youth programs for empowering and advancing deaf youth

More information is available on the program website: http://www.iyim.org.il/deaf