Israel through Deaf Eyes
We are very excited to share the first-ever exclusively Deaf Birthright group toured the length and breadth of Israel! 25 Deaf college students from all over North America are participating in the Israel Through Deaf Eyes revolutionary experience. Accompanied by interpreters of both American and Israeli Sign Language (yes – they are different!), the participants are experiencing Israel to the fullest while learning about their Jewish Heritage, connecting with other Jewish Deaf students and having a blast. The tour is being led by Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, Executive Director of The Jewish Deaf Foundation (JDF). The program was made possible by IYIM in partnership with Birthright Israel, Ezra World, and the JDF. We hope to expand on this remarkable experience in the future, by continuing to incorporate enriching Jewish programming for Deaf youth into our Judaic Heritage Program for the Deaf.