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The Joy in Special Needs

By Michelle K. Wolf

February 27, 2014 | 10:18 pm

I’m writing this blog post with the strains of “Hava Nagila” coming from the TV where my son Danny is about to watch his fourth viewing of the eponymous film, an uplifting, entertaining... read on

  • Cruising Away

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 20, 2014 | 12:00 am

    Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by taking a short cruise to Mexico. With my past history of seasickness, I have stayed far away from any vessel that wasn’t the submarine ride at Disneyland, but reconsidered after hearing from friends and... read on

  • Jewish Disability Awareness Month and The Bottom Line

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 3, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    All of the annoying flower and candy ads remind us that Valentine’s Day is “just around the corner”, but there’s another holiday of the heart this month. February is also Jewish Disability Awareness Month and there’s lots happening, locally in Los Angeles and across the nation. Now... read on

  • Holy Challenges

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 24, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Although we tend to associate angels with Christianity and Renaissance-era oil paintings, Judaism has plenty of ministering spirits in our own texts but our angelic cast of characters seems to ask more questions than deliver divine messages.

    “Wrestling with Angels” was the... read on

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  • Police Training on Trial

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 16, 2014 | 9:56 am

    I can’t stop questioning the acquittal this week of the two former Fullerton police officers who in 2011 led a group of six policeman in the brutal beating of an unarmed homeless, schizophrenic man, Kelly Thomas, which caused his death a few days later. I grew up not far from where... read on

  • The Disability Inclusion Hero Awards

    By Guest Blogger, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA

    January 7, 2014 | 11:13 pm

    As the new calendar year begins, we are entertained by those Year in Review lists and Person of the Year awards, both inside and outside of the Jewish communities. Time magazine aptly chose the Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for his calling for a church of healing. T'ruah,... read on

  • Resolutions for the Special Needs Parent

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 1, 2014 | 11:59 am

    1) I will not roll my eyes when someone suggests a new, bizarre untested treatment or costly vibration machine to help improve our son’s (pick one) focus/balance/artistic ability. They care enough to make the suggestion and that’s all that matters.


    2) When a stranger asks me if... read on

  • ETTA Surprises

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 20, 2013 | 6:17 pm

    The recent 20th anniversary gala of ETTA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel included two big surprises, one very personal and one very public.  ETTA/OHEL is the only nonprofit provider of residential programs for Jewish adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (known as I/DD)... read on

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