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  • Letters to the editor: Disabilities in the Jewish community, rain and saving Judaism

    February 19, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    One Man’s Disability, A Community’s Responsibility

    Thanks, Rob Eshman, for making this issue more salient (“Jews Without Harvard,” Feb. 14). My three children tested as “gifted” or “highly-gifted” and I’m glad I pulled them out of the specialized highly-gifted schools, and out of...

  • WATCH: Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality paints disabled space around parked car, tow it

    by Marcy Oster, JTA

    February 12, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hila Ben Baruch was painted into a corner and came out swinging.

    Ben Baruch recently parked her car in a legal space near her central Tel Aviv apartment but returned to find the spot repainted for use by the handicapped -- and her vehicle towed.

    She threatened to sue the city...

  • Israeli NGO to advise UN on disabled kids

    August 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The UN Economic and Social Council has named an Israeli NGO as a special consultant on assisting disabled children.

    The inclusion will allow Beit Issie Shapiro to “provide Israeli expertise in the field of disability rights and represent the innovations coming out of Israel,”...

  • Lessons from Israel’s programs for the disabled

    August 15, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    In a crowded living room in the dilapidated suburbs of Jaffa, the delegates from the Special Needs Study Mission from Los Angeles gathered closer to hear the testimony of an Israeli woman with severe disabilities tell the story of how proper intervention changed her life in countless...

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  • 10 groups awarded for fostering inclusion of disabled in Jewish community

    June 12, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    The Ruderman Family Foundation announced its ten inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability winners, for fostering full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

    The foundation, which initiated the prize this year, received more than 150 applications representing...

  • Shatner Horse Trek; Four of a Kind; Star Bright; Mayor Meets Mayor; Social Justice? Here I Am

    By Norma Zager

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Horse Trek

    William and Elizabeth Shatner made their first U.S. public appearance on behalf of the William and Elizabeth Shatner-Jewish National Fund Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment for Israel last week at "An Evening of Magical Information." The $10 million endowment will...

  • Visit with special people makes for special summer

    By Ian Lurie

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Going to Disneyland with your family or friends is always an experience. But going with a group of developmentally disabled adults turns out to be unforgettable.

    This summer, I participated in Yad B'Yad, a program where a group of high school students and a group of developmentally...
  • First Person - Like Any Other Child

    By Anton Dahlerbruch

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    By his size and handsome impression, our son, Max, appears to be like any other boy his age, however when you meet him in his wheelchair, you quickly learn that he is severely disabled, both cognitively and physically. He's unable to talk, use a device to communicate, propel himself...

  • Simple Minds

    By Rob Eshman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I shared a ballroom last Saturday night with a group of people whose lives could easily inspire nothing more than pity. Like me, they were attending the annual gala of Etta Israel Center, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides outreach and services to developmentally disabled...

  • Task Force Reviews Access for Disabled

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Childhood polio didn't slow Jay Kruger. Although he couldn't run, Kruger led a normal life as a teenager and into adulthood. Now, like other seniors experiencing post-polio syndrome, his strength is receding. To get around, three years ago he began relying on an electric wheelchair...

  • Schwarzenegger’s Kindest Un-Cut

    By Ron Solomon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't know it, but his recent gesture to reverse planned cuts for the disabled was the greatest memorial tribute to my brother, Danny. This week, we observed Danny's shloshim, the traditional 30 days after the death of a loved one.

    Danny didn't have a...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • Challenge Issued

    By Andrea Adelson

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Lenhoff's music debut was her bat mitzvah. Instead of reciting Torah, she amazed guests with a chapter from the Song of Songs, singing in a pitch-perfect soprano voice.

    Since then, she has performed in a dozen languages on prominent stages, starred in a television movie and...

  • What do you say to a parent of a disabled child?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    You might see us in the park, holding hands with Danny while walking him from the swings to the slides, and think, "He sure has a weird way of walking. What's wrong?" Or maybe his impish grin grabs your attention in the supermarket, but when you ask him his name, he places his hand...

  • Their Right of Passage

    By Michele Chabin

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of Israeli children celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs every week, and 13-year-old Asher Gorsky did not want to be an exception.

    Last fall, Asher, a handsome but frail boy with a radiant smile, realized his dream before two dozen relatives and friends. Asher has cerebral...

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