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:
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:
1-on-1 Shassi Tutoring: https://intersign-university.thinkific.com/courses/eti-tutoring
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?
Additional sign language resources for Israel
We will update this section as more information becomes available.