By Rabbi Yonah Berman I recently spearheaded an online adult education program called Changemakers. This program brought together 30 Orthodox synagogues across North America to share in a four-part Zoom lecture series under the auspices of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical … [Read more...] about With Real-time Closed Captioning, YCT Breaks Down Barriers and Shares Torah to a Wider Audience
Inclusion / Diversity
By Matan Koch On July 26, 1990, 30 years ago this week, I was just past 8 1/2 years old. I was a kid, at the Union for Reform Judaism Eisner Camp, one of the few places where, as a wheelchair user from birth, I felt fully included in a world where access barriers were the … [Read more...] about In Honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA – a Personal Reflection and the Look Forward
By Howard Blas The light bulb went off in the final minutes of the Zoom discussion of the movie “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” with disability rights pioneer and icon, Judith Heumann. In the Q&A for members of the Ramah camping community, one participant asked, “How d … [Read more...] about Tikvah at 50, ADA at 30: Time to Reflect on Our History, Celebrate – and Keep Going!
Coping with COVID-19 in the World of Work, for Employees with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities By Sharon Ehrnwald The global COVID-19 crisis caused more than a million Israeli employees to lose their jobs or be furloughed. Somewhat ironically, COVID-19 with its … [Read more...] about From Crisis to New Opportunities
By Fern Chertok and Rachel Minkin A recent JTA story noted the substantial loss to the Israeli economy as a direct result of the cancellation of heritage trips, including Birthright Israel. The losses, however, go well beyond these financial repercussions and for some Jewish … [Read more...] about For Young Adults with Disabilities the Loss of Specialized Birthright Trips is Particularly Poignant