The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community presents "Our Dogs Understand Hebrew."
Join Jeff Lambert, Professor and Director Emeritus of the Disabled Students Support Services at Long Island University-Brooklyn and his wife, Ellen Lambert, educator, who will present using multi-media, discussion and guide dog Shannon. Shannon is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind in Beit Oved, Israel.
"The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind is dedicated to improve the quality of life of visually impaired Israelis. We provide them with mobility, independence, self-confidence and companionship through the faithful assistance of guide dogs specially trained in Hebrew to meet Israel’s rigorous and challenging environment. Founded in 1991, the Israel Guide Dog Center serves Israel’s 24,000 blind and visually impaired citizens and is the only internationally accredited guide dog program in the country."
This program seeks to heighten awareness of the amazing work that is being done at this organization. Participants will watch a 13-minute film, learn about Israel, blindness, and, of course, Guide Dogs. Jeff and Ellen have been volunteer "puppy raisers" for the past ten years.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.