Deaf in Israel

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People Name: Deaf
Country: Israel
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 18,000
World Population: 49,091,450
Primary Language: Israeli Sign Language
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.04 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Deaf
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Deaf in Israel use the Israeli sign language. A few interpreters for the Deaf use American or Russian sign language as there are many immigrants in Israel who would not understand the Israeli one. Few Israelis speak American Sign Language well.

Regarding Deaf education in Israel, oral methods are used as well as sign language. Cochlear implants are used which are electronic and enable the Deaf person to hear sounds better. These have become well liked in Israel.

The Deaf in Israel are equal to others by law. They have access to higher education but first must be permitted by the Ministry of Health. Finding work can be difficult for them though.

In marriage, the Deaf in Israel must check with the rabbi first before being allowed to marry, that everything is satisfactory. Deaf people can divorce but if a man becomes Deaf after marriage he may not be allowed to divorce.

Regarding conversion to Judaism, the Deaf must be checked by the rabbis first to see if the conversion will be allowed. There are several Associations in Israel who help the Deaf with their different needs.

Prayer Points

Pray that the deaf in Israel will come to Jesus Christ who does not restrict them
coming to Him.
Pray that deaf interpreters who are Christians will help lead them to Salvation.
Pray that the Israeli deaf like other Jews will read Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and the New Testament and come to Salvation through this.

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