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First Sign Language Interpretation at Chabad Banquet and on Webcast

First Sign Language Interpretation at Chabad Banquet and on Webcast

Simultaneous ASL translation now available for Deaf viewers

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Hundreds of thousands of viewers join the more than 5,200 emissaries and guests at Chabad.org’s live broadcast of the annual conference gala banquet. (Photo: Bentzi Sasson/Kinus.com)
Hundreds of thousands of viewers join the more than 5,200 emissaries and guests at Chabad.org’s live broadcast of the annual conference gala banquet. (Photo: Bentzi Sasson/Kinus.com)

More viewers than ever will participate in the annual gala of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries this year as a result of the first simultaneous translation of the evening’s speeches in American Sign Language.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide join the more than 5,200 emissaries and guests at Chabad.org’s live broadcast of the annual conference banquet. The translations for the Deaf can be seen in the banquet hall and on the webcast on Chabad.org, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST on Sunday.

“It’s so much more meaningful having interpreters present at the Kinus,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, director of the Jewish Deaf Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative. “Without this resource, we would all be left in the dark,” continued the rabbi, who is Deaf, and who will be joined at the banquet by two Deaf guests. ”The interpreters serve as a bridge to connect the gap between our world and the hearing world, and I am looking forward to being able to benefit from the wealth of information that lies on the other side.”

To launch the simultaneous ASL translation, go to the link to the video page and click on the “Sign language interpreter broadcast” icon box, which is to the right of the main video, as in the illustration below.

To launch the simultaneous ASL translation, go to the main video page link in the second paragraph on this article and click on the “Sign language interpreter broadcast” icon, in the upper right corner of the page.
To launch the simultaneous ASL translation, go to the main video page link in the second paragraph on this article and click on the “Sign language interpreter broadcast” icon, in the upper right corner of the page.

By Chabad.org Staff
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abigael November 10, 2015

Thank you! I was so pleased to this service. How wonderful. Thank you chabad.org and the kinnus! Reply

Gary Maryland November 9, 2015

Captioning While I watched the video, looking for the ASL Interpreters, I did notice that there are no captions. Captions are just as important as interpreters - some people prefer one, some prefer the other. online, it's certainly easier to read captions, not watch an interpreter. They each have their place. Reply