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Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish community

Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish community

WHAT IF Moses never accepted the task to lead the Jews out of Egypt because of his speech impediment?

Award-winning author Chava Willig Levy, a polio survivor, uses the episode to illustrate what she calls a clear biblical precedent that people with disabilities have enormous potential.

“When G-d said to Moses, ‘I’m tapping you to lead my people out of Egypt,’ Moses [countered], ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m disabled myself,’” Levy says.

But G-d gets angry at Moses for doubting himself: “Who do you think gave you that mouth?”

Levy’s anecdote introduces a concept that frames the Jewish communal discussion on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Website brings community service into 21st century

Website brings community service into 21st centuryWASHINGTON — Fulfilling community service hours can sometimes be drudgery for students who must complete the requirement before graduating from high school. Edan Evenhaim, 17, and his best friend and classmate, Noah Emanuel, wanted to make community service both accessible and fun for their peers — so they started a website. “Myself and my peers, we were just not enjoying the experience of community service,” said Evenhaim, a senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, Ca...
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Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories

Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 4 Every now and then, filmmaker and screenwriter Haylar Garcia finds himself in a room full of Hollywood professionals, usually pitching a script, a story idea or a finished movie. It can be a daunting experience, the affable, multi-talented Denverite admits, since Hollywood can be a tough, no-nonsense, unsympathetic environment, especially for somebody who has yet to earn a “name,” which Garcia readily admits he has yet to earn, but is definitely aspiring ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:34 )

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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees  TO UNDERSTAND how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel’s collective consciousness, one should visit the country on Nisan 27, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May. On that day, Holocaust Memorial Day, the unsuspecting visitor is dumbstruck by the sight of an entire country coming to a halt. At 10 a.m. on the dot, a siren sounds across the country. Schools, hospitals, trading floors, garages, news rooms, tech start-ups — all these and more freeze exactly wh...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:57 )

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Marcy Oster Some 2,322 Jewish men and women who gathered in Berlin broke the world mark set last year for largest Shabbat meal. ... [Link]

Netanyahu urges U.S. Jews to oppose Iran deal

Uriel Heilman The agreement reached by Iran and six nations will pave the path to Iranian nuclear weapons whether or not Iran keeps up its end of the deal, the Israeli leader said in a webcast aimed at American Jew... [Link]

Polish tribunal to take up restitution law on Warsaw property

Marcy Oster The World Jewish Restitution Organization welcomed the Polish president’s decision to refer the law, which sets a six-month deadline for a hearing, to the tribunal. ... [Link]

Air France ‘deeply regrets’ map snafu omitting Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz West Bank, Gaza and several Arab cities appeared on the firm’s flight path display, which omitted Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. energy secretary: ‘If I were Israeli, I would support the Iran deal’

Marcy Oster The comment by Ernest Moniz sparked a response from his Israeli counterpart, Yuval Steinitz: “If I were American, I would oppose the agreement.” ... [Link]

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