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  • Reform movement will continue to push for transgender rights

    1 week ago

    On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days...

  • For kids with disabilities, time to move from inclusion to normalcy

    October 30, 2015 | 12:47 pm

    Just the other day, I overheard someone saying that they had a wonderful interaction with the “Down syndrome employee” at their local cafe.

    Though it happened to have been a sweet story, I cringed. It also got me thinking about the limitations of our campaigns promoting inclusion...

  • How synagogues can prioritize disability inclusion this High Holy Days season

    September 9, 2015 | 10:30 am

    With the High Holy Days just around the corner, Jews all over the world will be asking themselves how they can lead more meaningful and moral lives. Synagogue communities, too, will be asking how they can become more holy and inclusive communities.

    In my years of involvement with...

  • Special in Uniform: Israeli model of inclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 8, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    One of the lesser-known facts about former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is that she had a granddaughter born with Down syndrome in 1950. She never publicly acknowledged the child, and, in fact, encouraged her children to place the granddaughter in a state institution, which...

  • Opposition continues despite new Boy Scout policy

    June 19, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    In 2001, Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) overwhelmingly decided to end its sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 1300 to protest the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) policy banning openly gay scouts and leaders. It ended a nearly 50-year tradition of scouting at the Reform congregation.

  • Jewish Scouting leaders vocal on gay inclusion

    May 9, 2013 | 6:06 pm

    Jewish Scouting leaders are taking a vocal role in efforts to pass a historic resolution that would partially lift a ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.

    In a meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting in February, members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a...

  • Inclusion: Awarding Success and Documenting the Fight

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2013 | 10:32 pm

    For many parents of children with special needs the word “inclusion” seems like the elusive pot of gold waiting at the end of a rainbow. You’ve heard it exists, and think it would be great, but haven’t actually ever seen it.

    Two different key events that focus on inclusion are...

  • The Schwartzes and me

    By Joan Hyler

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz gave his wife, Olivia, a surprise party for her 60th birthday in Mar Vista Park a few weeks ago, it was filled with the usual assortment of Schwartz family members and their devoted entourage.

    Present were their 12 children, 24 grandchildren, friends...

  • 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...

  • Special Needs Family Retreat

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Families of individuals with special needs often feel a sense of helplessness and isolation from the community, as well as confusion about how to best help their loved ones. In an effort to give families the tools to cope with these issues, Etta Israel Center (EIC) will hold its...