Deaf Jewish Women
Make Themselves Heard

Meditating on the past, future and eternal present, women open the door.

Jews are not only the People of the Book. Most of us think of ourselves also as the People of the Conversation, the Words, the Argumentative Voices. We Jews are known as a nation of talkers. This means that Jews who are deaf are often marginalized, not expected to participate fully in the noisiness of Jewish discourse.

This special section of Lilith explores being deaf and Jewish and female. Meet women leaders in the Deaf community, women filmmakers and the subjects of films about deafness. Women who are calling out the Jewish community on the need for more inclusion; a hearing mother raising deaf children; deaf women telling their own stories.
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Deaf Jewish Women
Make Themselves Heard

The articles in this special section:

Deaf Daughters

by Jennifer Rosner

Access to Many Worlds

by Chana Widawski

Speaking Up

Tzila Seewald-Russell, 25, answers Lilith’s emailed questions about being deaf,
a student, and a newlywed.

Finding a Language

Caroline Block is a Ph.D. candidate. We invited her to tell a little about her life as a deaf woman in the academy.