Next time you see someone like me at your synagogue or at your event, remember that they probably feel really lonely and you could be the person to make their day by smiling at them and letting them know that they exist.
For the first time in Los Angeles history, a Jewish home for the developmentally disabled is opening. Situated in North Hollywood, the home, under the supervision of the Etta Israel Center, will house six males in their mid-20s.
Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how Phillywould survive once his ailing parents were gone.