An appeal for public action to reduce the possibilities of deafness among the children of America, has been made by the National Council of Jewish Women, through Mrs. Richard Simon of San Francisco, Chairman of its Committee on Deaf. Boards of Education are being urged to make audiometer tests among the children so that ear defects may be detected in sufficient time to save the hearing.
The Boston Section has organized a Boston Hebrew Association of the Deaf, a club of forty. In Brooklyn, the Section directs activities among a group of over 200 adult Jewish deaf and aided the deaf to organize the Brooklyn Hebrew Society of the Deaf. Philadelphia continues its special group activities for the adult deaf, being the pioneer section in this field. The prayerbook for the deaf which was compiled for the National Council of Jewish Women by Mrs. Sidney Stern of Philadelphia, former chairman of its Committee on Deaf, is used by the local section in its work. San Francisco has been active in audiometer survey, audiometer tests being taken of all school children, and in cooperation with the Board of Health, children are taken to clinics for treatment. A religious class for deaf children has been established at Temple Emanuel.
Other council sections throughout the country are cooperating in the work.