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Conference focus: Inclusion of Jews with disabilites

Conference focus: Inclusion of Jews with disabilites

BALTIMORE — Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel — these are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion.

That is, until they became members of B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md.

Although Liz Weintraub, 47, grew up in a family that was engaged in Judaism in Virginia before she joined B’nai Israel, her involvement in synagogue life was merely peripheral. Due to her intellectual disability, Weintraub usually found herself on the sidelines — not truly part of the Jewish community.

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Account of an innocent girl’s murder serves as plea to end rampant child abuse

Account of an innocent girl’s murder serves as plea to end rampant child abuseON Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2007, Miriam Gallegos approached a stranger in a parking lot in Denver’s Golden Triangle and asked to use her cell phone. Miriam, who held a little girl’s coat in her hands, said that someone had just stolen her baby. It was a lie spoken too late. Neveah, her three-year-old daughter, was already dead — and she knew it. Miriam thought up the kidnapping ploy to give her boyfriend and registered sex offender Angel Ray Montoya time to dispose of the body....

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 07:42 )

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Red Sox comes to Denver

Red Sox comes to DenverWHAT a catch! One might say that while contemplating the professional life of Ryan Lavarnway, who this year left the world of minor league baseball for what he hopes will be his new fulltime career as a catcher for the world champion Boston Red Sox. One might also say that while contemplating the personal life of Ryan, who last month married Jamie Pepper Neistat, a young woman born and bred in the Denver Jewish community, whose career as a culinary blogger and online restaurant critic seems to...

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2013 08:46 )

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Speak Hebrew! It’s the Jewish way

Speak Hebrew! It’s the Jewish wayNEW YORK — For the first 3 1/2 weeks of the summer, one group of 5-year-olds at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, NY, was “very quiet” as the children went about the typical camp activities, according to Amy Skopp Cooper, the camp’s director. But in the fourth week, the talking started — in Israeli-accented Hebrew. By the end of the summer, evaluations revealed that most of the 20 children — all of whom had started out as Hebrew novices — “had gone up multiple levels” in their Hebrew ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:48 )

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Shoretz transforms cancer battle into national resource for Jewish women

Shoretz transforms cancer battle into national resource for Jewish womenNOTHING stops Sharsheret Executive Director Rochelle Shoretz — not exhaustion after speaking to 1,000 women at Choices or a touch of laryngitis or Stage 4 metastatic cancer. Sitting in a restaurant in Cherry Creek, the founder of the largest network of supportive services for Jewish women dealing with breast cancer looks up from her booth. “Hi, I’m Rochelle,” she introduces herself to the Intermountain Jewish News. “I thought it was you. I had a feeling.” Her voice may be compromis...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 November 2013 07:43 )

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