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Thursday, September 10, 2015 / news

Shana Tova | Gut Yur

Shana Tova | Gut Yur We at Yad HaChazakah – The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center wish you and your loved ones a new year that is filled with goodness, health, growth, peace and prosperity. Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Executive Director         

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / news

Ruderman Family Foundation Awards $250,000 to Five Inclusion in Disability Innovators

Ruderman Family Foundation Awards $250,000 to Five Inclusion in Disability Innovators Organizations in Uruguay, U.S., England and Israel Awarded for Excellence in Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Jewish Communities Worldwide Boston, MA August 17, 2015– The Ruderman Family Foundation announced today the five winners of the fourth annual global Ruderman Prize in Inclusion competition. The Prize honors Jewish organizations …Read more >

Friday, July 10, 2015 / Views

Not So Special: My Bar Mitzvah Year, 50 Years Later

By Rabbi Michael Levy, Board President (originally written for the Jewish Week’s New Normal blog, May 26, 2015) In 1965, the phrase “special needs” hadn’t yet been coined. I felt just like the other 15 students — excited about our Bar Mitzvahs, but bored by the four hours of preparation each week. Boys Will Be Boys We found various diversions …Read more >

Friday, July 10, 2015 / Events

Nov. 1- Nov 2: The Ruderman Inclusion Summit

The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in our community to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice, networking and more. The Summit will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and religious life. We expect to have 500 people …Read more >

Thursday, April 2, 2015 / Views

The Four Sons through a Disability Lens

by Rabbi Michael Levy, Board President   In your mind’s eye, look around at those with whom you have celebrated past Seders. A contemplative girl is full of incisive questions. “How could a respected family in Egypt so quickly become an enslaved nation?  Why was Pharaoh so stubborn?” There’s The Squirmer.  If he doesn’t declare outright that he’d rather not be at …Read more >

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