Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • Black Like Me and Reality TV

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 7, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    When I watched the first segment of the new TV reality show “Push Girls” last Monday night on the Sundance Channel, I was taken in by the sheer chutzpah of the four young, sexy women profiled in the show, all of whom are paralyzed and use wheelchairs to get around, breaking myths and... read on

  • Inclusion, Segregation and Integration

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 29, 2012 | 11:51 pm

    One person’s idea of utopia can be someone else’s idea of a prison.

    I was recently talking to a well-respected disability professional about the recent FRED conference to get people talking about creating new adult living opportunities at special needs farms and ranches, and... read on

  • What’s next : Dancing chickens and Re-commitments

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 20, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    As our son edges closer to the age of 18, and we begin to look down at the steep cliff of adulthood that awaits us after high school, it gets pretty scary. Peering down into a canyon of peaks and crevices from high above, it is very hard to picture the exact path we will travel.

    ... read on
  • Why the Proposed CA Cuts Suck

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 15, 2012 | 10:59 am

    As certain as the grey, cloudy days of June are coming to us in Los Angeles, so too are the additional cuts proposed by Gov. Brown yesterday as part of the “May Revise” budget, which takes place annually one month after tax day. This time, the gap is $16 billion, a huge, abstract... read on

  • What Mom Has Missed

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 10, 2012 | 10:26 am

    This is my sixth Mother’s Day without my Mom, Sheila Krotinger, and as much as I miss her terribly, I often think about all that she has missed.  A lifelong, ardent Democrat and strong supporter of gender equality, she missed casting a vote for Hilliary Clinton for President four... read on

  • The Meaning of Life, Love and Spring Fever

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 3, 2012 | 11:21 pm

    For the past few days, I’ve been noticing symptoms of spring fever almost everywhere.

    On Wednesday, I coordinated the first meeting of a Family Advisory Council for a new project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services targeting older adults with developmental disabilities and their family... read on

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