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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • A National Movement Towards Inclusion

    By Sarah Blitzstein, Guest Blogger, Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles

    December 5, 2013 | 8:56 pm

    There’s a movement happening and it’s happening now.

    Like the early pioneers who settled the land of Israel, individuals with special needs and their families are creating change for the future and crossing unknown lands towards acceptance, appreciation and inclusion. They are... read on

  • Home, Plane

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 3, 2013 | 7:51 am

    Home Plane

    As the son of a small-plane pilot, our son Danny has become a very good airline passenger, and eagerly looked forward to driving to LAX to fly east to see Grandma, his big sister Rachel who is studying at NYU and other relatives. He was happy with his pre-flight frap... read on

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