Jewish Journal

Pinch Me: We are hearing HaTikvah in the White House

By Sally Weber and Michelle K. Wolf

May 20, 2011 | 3:22 pm

In the Green Room

Michelle: The email invitation came on Friday, May 6th while I was at the pool for Danny’s weekly swim lesson. As I watched him laughing and kicking around with his long-time swim... read on

  • Wake Up and Smell the Ensure!

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 13, 2011 | 12:35 am

    Everyone I know seems to be taking on a new role these days – taking care of aging parents or grandparents.

    I spent an emotional hour with one of my dearest childhood friends at a restaurant last week, helping her adjust to her new full-blown responsibility as a caregiver for her... read on

  • Counting the Omer and our annual IEP

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2011 | 1:57 am

    This year, for the first time in my life, we are “counting the Omer”, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot, which is traditionally considered to be a period of spiritual elevation and self-fulfillment. Every morning, Danny takes a marble from a large container and moves... read on

  • Mother’s Day, Phoebe Snow and Mama Lions

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 28, 2011 | 11:32 pm

    Phoebe Snow, the pop-jazz singer-songwriter whose single “Poetry Man” climbed into the Top 5 in 1974 died recently and her obituary in the Los Angeles Times prominently included her role as mother and caregiver to her daughter, Valerie, who was born with brain damage in 1975.

    “It... read on

  • A Special Place in Israel Called Home: Kishorit

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 21, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    A recent national Parade magazine article titled, “Who Will Care for Dana” spoke to a major issue for many parents of kids with special needs—will there be a warm, safe and loving home environment for all the soon-to-be adults with developmental disabilities? And even more... read on

  • For the Child Who Knows Not How to Ask

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 14, 2011 | 8:26 am

    Over the Purim weekend, a Shabbaton for Jewish adults with disabilities sponsored by JFS/Chaverim was held at AJU/Brandeis Bardin camp, and there was a late Saturday afternoon session called “Ask the Rabbi”. Questions zinged in from every corner of the room: Why can’t we eat... read on

  • It’s Showtime

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 10, 2011 | 11:16 pm

    Six years ago, I helped my friend Elaine Hall submit a grant to the Jewish Community Foundation for a brand new program called “The Miracle Project”, which would use music, dance, visual art and theater to help kids with autism and other special needs (along their typically... read on

  • Visiting Special Needs Programs in Israel—Part I, Beit Issie Shapiro

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 6, 2011 | 12:59 am

    As Americans, we tend to think to think that in general, our social service programs are the very best in the world, and that everyone else can learn from us. When it comes to special needs, at least for Jewish children and adults, there is much we can learn from Israel.

    When our... read on

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