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ISRAEL: What sign languages are used in Israel?

Updated: Apr 21

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Israel?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Israel?

There are an estimated 285,630 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Israel.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Israel?

  • Shassi or שפת הסימנים הישראלית (Israeli Sign Language, ISL)

  • Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL)

  • Yiddish Sign Language

Written / spoken languages in Israel:

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic


How do you say Israel in sign language?


Where can I learn Israeli Sign Language online?

InterSign University offers online Israeli Sign Language (Shassi) courses. Register here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf village is located in Israel?

Al-Sayyid Deaf Village, Israel


What Deaf organizations are located in Israel?

The Association of the Deaf in Israel


The Ali Hope Foundation

The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel

Beit Hellen Keller

Sign Language Research Lab

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Israel

We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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