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It Takes a Kibbutz (or Two)

By Michelle K. Wolf

July 22, 2012 | 1:58 pm

The cafe and gallery of the Kamah Association at Kibbutz Harduf looked like a place plucked directly from Berkeley, CA with high ceilings, natural wood tables and shelves filled with... read on

  • It Takes a Kibbutz (or Two)

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 22, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    The cafe and gallery of the Kamah Association at Kibbutz Harduf looked like a place plucked directly from Berkeley, CA with high ceilings, natural wood tables and shelves filled with ceramic bowls, plates and cups, plus multi-colored textile placemats, bookmarks and wall hangings.... read on

  • We Made it to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 20, 2012 | 8:55 am

    The humidity hit us as soon as we left the air-conditioned terminal at Ben Gurion airport; the hot sticky welcome reminding us that despite the palm trees and sunny skies, we weren’t in Southern California anymore. We are here, in Eretz Yisrael for an incredible seven-day Special... read on

  • It Takes a Community to Prevent Child & Adult Abuse

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 15, 2012 | 10:03 pm

    FBI Director Louis Freeh used the term “ callous indifference“ to describe how the four leaders at Penn State placed their worries of possible bad publicity for their prestigious football program over concerns for the youngsters victimized by Jerry Sandusky. In fact, teachers and... read on

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  • Looking Back, Looking Forward

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 6, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    I’m looking forward to a reunion of my Whittier BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls) teen chapter this Sunday, seeing many girfriends I haven’t seen for 33 years. Thumbing through old scrapbooks with yellowing photographs of me wearing bell-bottom pants, it’s hard to believe I’m the same... read on

  • Waiting Rooms, Insurance Denials and the Supreme Court

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 29, 2012 | 12:24 am

    When our son Danny was 3-4 years old, I logged a lot of hours in the waiting room of Cedars-Sinai while he received occupational therapy, physical and speech therapy. He then had a diagnosis of “global developmental delays” which was eventually changed to cerebral palsy/apraxia.... read on

  • Why We are Going to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 22, 2012 | 1:46 am

    “It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it.” (Mishna, Ethics, 2:21)

    On March 7, 1949, my parents were married in Israel, an idealistic young American couple intent on helping to “build up the land” as the lyrics to a then-popular song intoned. The... read on

  • Supporting Dads Who Have Children with Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 17, 2012 | 2:04 am

    Last week at the Father of the Year gala sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Francine Kaufman of Medtronic/Children’s Hospital shared an important research finding. When she and her colleagues looked back at the records of children with diabetes, a key indicator of... read on

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