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Friday, May 1, 2015 / Events

May 3 – New York Area Abilities Expo 2015

Discover Something New at the Abilities Expo The New York area Abilities Expo is happening this weekend, from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3 in Edison, NJ. The “Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals. It’s about introducing opportunities …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 >

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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