Jewish Journal

  • Last Year in Jerusalem—Taking a Teen with Special Needs to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 22, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    Last year, we spent most of April (including Passover) in Israel since our oldest daughter was spending her “gap” year there between high school and college. She was enrolled in an intensive Israeli leadership preparatory program called “Nachshon” named after the Biblical... read on

  • The State Budget: No “upside” for persons with disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 18, 2011 | 11:39 am

    In Joan Didion’s powerful memoir “

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    ” detailing her grief process after losing her husband, Gregory Dunne, she talks about a seeing their family doctor who is also a good friend. He asks her how she is and just hearing the question prompts a shower of... read on

  • Purim: The whole megillah of sensory integration

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 14, 2011 | 12:19 am

    Hava narishah - rash, rash, rash (Wind your noisemakers - rash rash rash)”
    —Chag Purim song lyrics

    The chance to scream “boo” at each mention of the arch-enemy Haman during the Megillah (scroll) reading of Purim is a pretty fun experience for most Jewish children.
    Purim,... read on

  • What does “inclusion” mean?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 8, 2011 | 7:58 pm

    Ben Azzazi taught: “Do not disdain any person. Do not underrate the importance of anything – for there is no person who does not have his hours, and there is no thing without its place in the sun”  —Pirkei Avot

    The word “inclusion” in a special needs context can mean many... read on

  • An Unplanned Journey, Part II

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 4, 2011 | 8:00 am

    Once Danny was enrolled in a government-funded special needs class at age 3, we sought out Jewish programs and services that would meet his needs. My husband and I both had strong (very different) Jewish backgrounds and enjoyed cherished Jewish camp and travel experiences as teens.

    ... read on
  • Join me on an unplanned journey – Part I

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 1, 2011 | 5:41 pm

    When I was in a public elementary school in the late 1960’s, one of my friends had a younger sister with Down’s Syndrome. She attended the same school but was in separate, self-contained classroom that we had no contact with except at lunchtime and recess. No one explained to us... read on