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
Inclusion / Diversity
By Leading Edge, Jews of Color Initiative, JPRO Network, UpStart, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, and Board Member Institute for Jewish NonprofitsIn our posting last week, we shared that many leaders are concerned that the progress that has been made in recent years to … [Read more...] about What We Are Hearing From the Field re: DEIJ?
By Dori Frumin Kirshner, Meredith Polsky, and Rabbi Lauren Tuchman There’s a teaching from Pirkei Avot (1:4) that instructs us, “Let your home be a meeting place for sages.” This 2000 year old compendium of Jewish wisdom probably never envisioned teachers and students, rabbis a … [Read more...] about The Pandemic as an Accessibility Equalizer
By Matthew Selvin
When I was a kid, summer camp was my life. Throughout the school year, snowstorms, and the boring day-to-day routine, all I could think about was camp. Camp B’nai Brith of Montreal was my childhood home away from home. It’s where I (and eventually my three sib … [Read more...] about When Avodah Goes Beyond Work:
A Unique Jewish, Inclusionary Camp Experience
By Jeremy J. Fingerman Each February, we observe Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). It’s a time for the greater Jewish community to celebrate our progress, recognize our continued need for growth, and commit to being more welcoming and i … [Read more...] about Creating Welcoming, Inclusive, and Supportive Jewish Communities