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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Views

High Holiday 5781 Guide for People with Disabilities or Underlying Conditions

High Holidays 5781—A Guide for Jews with Disabilities Rabbi Michael Levy © August 2020, Yad Hachazakah—The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center, Inc.  Introduction For thousands of years, the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) have drawn us to houses of worship to seek God and plead for His forgiveness.   Even in our youngest years, the …Read more >

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / Views

Rights and Obligations: Commemorating ADA-30

Happy 30th Anniversary to the ADA!!! Sunday, July 26, 2020, was the 30th anniversary of the signing by President George H.W. Bush of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The disability community and our subcommunities fought long and hard and keep fighting to be recognized, respected and accommodated. I want to share some personal reflections on life before …Read more >

Friday, June 5, 2020 / Views

Our Response to Racism – In Light of George Floyd

Dear Friend of Yad HaChazakah, Yad HaChazakah’s mission entails ending prejudice and removing physical, communication, attitudinal, and systemic barriers that prevent people with disabilities from engaging in Jewish community life and Torah learning. In light of the callous murder of George Floyd by police officers, we feel it to be important to affirm our positions against conscious and unconscious bigotry …Read more >

Thursday, March 19, 2020 / news


Dear viewer, All of us are undergoing a difficult period filled with uncertainty due to the Corona Virus. The very structure of our days, the ways we interact, and our freedom of mobility have changed.  We take every precaution to prevent the microscopic intruder from invading our bodies and threatening our well-being or even our very lives. As people with …Read more >

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 / news

Yad HaChazakah Helps to Secure American Sign Language at the #NoHateNoFear Rally

Yad HaChazakah is very proud that upon our, the Jewish Deaf Resources Center’s (JDRC) and Respectability’s advocacy, the UJA and the Jewish Community Relations Council provided Sign Language interpretation at the NO HATE NO FEAR RALLY. We also provided resource options. Naomi J. Brunnlehrman, executive director of JDRC did the nuts and bolts coordination with the UJA. We were really …Read more >

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