Marie Strazzula signing

Marie Strazzulla is using her fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) in a new, creative way. Her dad and her aunt are both deaf, and ASL is the way she has communicated with them since she was small. Marie, who was trained and placed in her new job as an administrative aide at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education by CHAI Works, a Jewish Family & Children’s Service program that serves adults with disabilities, is sharing her ASL expertise in time for Rosh Hashanah.

Gateways volunteer Rochelle Lipper has worked with Marie to film her signing six key Rosh Hashana phrases. Here you will learn the signs for everything from “happy new year” to “apples dipped in honey.” And stay tuned: Rochelle promises Marie will be adding more Jewish vocabulary words – and even some basic prayers – to her video dictionary.