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  • Making Room on the Bench for students with disabilities

    February 6, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Standing in the back of an open elementary school classroom at the Luria Academy, a Jewish Montessori school in Brooklyn, Dana Keil asks in a whisper if a visitor can tell which children in the room have special needs.

    “I guarantee you won’t be able to tell,” she said.


  • Stealing From Special Needs Children and the Taxpayer: Can It Get Any Lower?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 3, 2013 | 11:05 am

    Just when we thought Orthodox scandals couldn’t get worse, we learn that millions of taxpayer dollars have been illegally diverted to Jewish institutions by unscrupulous and self-interested parties. Bnos Bais Yaakov, an ultra-Orthodox school in New York, was one of the city’s...

  • Why Charity Isn’t Enough

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 31, 2012 | 9:09 am

    “I’ve been knockin’ on the door that holds the throne
    I’ve been lookin’ for the map that leads me home
    I’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone
    The road of good intentions has gone dry as bone
    We take care of our own.”

    —Bruce Springsteen

    During this political...

  • Why We Don’t Use the Word “Retarded” and Why You Shouldn’t Either

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 20, 2012 | 10:33 pm

    During our recent LA Federation Special Needs Mission in Israel, Danny Katz from the Welfare of Ministry took great pains to point out that they were changing the name of his department from “Adults with Mental Retardation” to “Adults with Intellectual Disabilities”, so that...

  • Mars and Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    My daughter likes to tease me that I can find something dealing with “special needs” in nearly everything I do—from picking movies that have a character with a disability to meeting a random person on the airplane who is a single mom raising two boys with autism. I’ve told her...

  • Special needs resources

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Video 'trailer' from The Miracle Project
    Special-Needs ResourcesHaMercaz, a project of Jewish Family Service and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, offers a central resource for Jewish families raising a special-needs child, connecting parents to support groups, programs...
  • Special-needs kids enjoy giant circle of friends

    By Sue Fishkoff

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Micah Abraham is standing on a stool in his parents' kitchen, stirring a bowl of brownie mix. "Frosting?" the 7-year-old asks Daphna Davidowitz, 16, his Friendship Circle volunteer.

    "Not yet," she cautions.

    "When brownies done, we put on frosting!" Micah persists.

    Suddenly he turns...