Monday, August 18, 2014

New Sign Language Tours at the Museum

This fall, the Museum is pleased to launch the new ASL @ MJH series for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing visitors, which will take place one Wednesday a month at 6 p.m. starting on October 22.

The evenings will begin with light refreshments, followed by free, private gallery tours and programs. These tours will be offered in American Sign Language and led by Museum Educators who are Deaf. Special events for ASL @ MJH will be interpreted by certified ASL interpreters.

Elizabeth Edelstein, our Director of Education, said, “Deaf Museum Educators began studying the Museum’s content this spring, learning how to lead tours of the Core Exhibition in American Sign Language.  We hope that our tours and monthly programs will allow members of the ASL community to fully experience what the Museum has to offer. We very much look forward to working with the ASL community on programming at the Museum.”

The series will start on October 22 with an introduction to the Museum’s exhibitions. On November 19, the tour will examine artifacts related to Jewish heritage. On December 10, there will be a curator’s tour of Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, which will be interpreted by a certified ASL interpreter. 

Future dates and topics will be announced soon. Visit this link for the most up-to-date information. ASL @ MJH is free but pre-registration is required.  To register for October 22, please click here.

Due to space constraints, sign language students are not permitted. 

ASL @ MJH is made possible by a generous gift from Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.

Image of the Core Exhibition by David Paler.

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