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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 / Events

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 / Events

Sunday March 15 – REELABILITIES in Brooklyn Hosted by Yad, BCID and the Actors Fund

The Seventh Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival comes to New York in March! On Sunday,  March 15, from 2PM to 5PM, you can enjoy two REELABILITIES films about people with disabilities hosted by Brooklyn disability leaders. Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center along with the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled will screen two films at the Actors Fund in …Read more >

Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Views

The RCA: Moving Towards a Mandate

[The following piece appeared on the Ruderman Family Foundation blog on September 16, 2014.] “Check this Out!” appeared in the subject line on an email to me by Rabbi Barry Kornblau, Director of Member Services from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). My heart pounding with anticipation, I double clicked the subject line. It was a press release entitled “Disabled …Read more >

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Views

“Special” Does Not A Disability Make

By Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Executive Director Yad HaChazakah – JDEC (Published in the “Building Blocks” supplement of The Jewish Press, June 28, 2013.) As a woman who has lived with Cerebral Palsy all my life, I pay close attention to the terminology that is applied to people with disabilities. Words such as “invalid,” “cripple,” “dumb,” or “retard” have always hurt me …Read more >

Sunday, August 17, 2014 / news

Disability Resolution Passed by the Rabbinical Council of America.

This is a groundbreaking move and we give the RCA a hearty yasher koach! Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center was called upon by the RCA to write the first draft of the text for the resolution. We encourage Orthodox establishments and communities to contact Yad HaChazakah to work with you to increase disability access and accommodations and to dispel …Read more >

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