Interesting article in the New York Times
yesterday, on synagogues geared towards the deaf. One sentence in particular bothered me.
Many aspects of society are not easy for the deaf to navigate, but synagogues
historically held particular challenges. Few people spoke both sign language and
Hebrew, so accurate translation was difficult. Moreover, a good deal of care and
education of the deaf population was traditionally done by nuns. Jewish
organizations helped the deaf, but many focused on social programs more than