Source: The Washington Post
Jacob Salem speaks six languages. Yet if he walked into a typical synagogue service in either of the countries where he grew up — America or Israel — he might still get lost.
Salem is deaf. And a synagogue that offers interpretation into sign language so a deaf person can follow can be hard to find, he says.
Salem is out to change that, by influencing the up-and-coming generation of students who might someday become deaf Jewish leaders — students at Gallaudet University, the nation’s preeminent school for deaf students.
“This is a huge issue,” he said. “They lose interest in Jewish life, because there are no interpreters.