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Thursday, August 16, 2018 / news

Join the YadEmpowers Alliance Today!

You can make a difference.   People with physical, hearing, vision, and learning disabilities still face barriers to communal worship; yeshivas; Torah learning events and internet videos; as well as to stores, restaurants, and event halls.   Those who are autistic are still misunderstood and not properly accommodated and people with mental health conditions are still stigmatized. The YadEmpowers Alliance was launched …Read more >

Monday, October 10, 2016 / Views

“DISABILITY” EMPOWERS US; “SPECIAL NEEDS” WEAKENS US

(Written for The Jewish Press‘ Building Blocks Magazine, September 2016) “Special needs” terminology is insidiously poisonous.  This euphemism seems innocuous, but, in actuality, it corrodes and undermines the very strides for dignity, respect, and equality for which disability activists have crawled up the U.S. Capitol steps, effected the longest Federal agency sit-in in American history, and undergone arrests for civil …Read more >

Thursday, October 6, 2016 / Views

Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year

Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year,  Jewish Week’s New Normal Blog, September 30, 2016 Rabbi Michael Levy During the High Holiday Season (October 2-12,) we picture God as weighing the merits and misdeeds of individuals and nations on a Celestial Scale. For more than two thousand years, we have implored our Creator for mercy, even …Read more >

Sunday, August 14, 2016 / Views

TODAY IS TISHA B’AV – WHERE IS OUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

I am fortunate to have a computer and to go to various websites, such as Torah Anytime and Orthodox Union and to listen to great Rabbanim grieve the destruction of our Beis HaMikdash and the ramifications. AT THE SAME TIME I GRIEVE that there is no consciousness that thousands of people with HEARING OR OTHER AUDIO-PROCESSING DISABILITIES CANNOT ACCESS THE …Read more >

Thursday, March 3, 2016 / news

Yad’s New Official Mailing Address

Yad HaChazakah-JDEC 576 Fifth Avenue, Suite 903, New York, NY 10036. Please note that we continue to hold an office in Midwood Brooklyn that poignantly and pictorially depicts our approach to disability and access to Jewish community life and Torah observance. You may contact us for appointments at either location at 646-723-3955.

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