Gateways is a Boston-area organization that provides special education services, expertise and support to enable students with diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish education settings and participate in Jewish life.
Towards this goal, we have created for the community a range of High Holiday resources: tools for educators and parents of young children and students with special needs.
In 1910, renowned composer and conductor Gustav Mahler met with Sigmund Freud to discuss his troubled relationship with his young wife, Alma. This became the basis for Otho Eskin’s play “Final Analysis,” now playing at the Signature Theatre. Eskin eagerly builds on the real life meeting of great minds by including several other famous figures (from Josef Stalin to philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein) who were also in Vienna around that time. The result is meant to be an exploration of the forces of love and hate in the world and what happens when conflicting worldviews clash. True, the characters rage, ache and exposit to one another in a variety of tones, but too often come off as rather lifeless and static.
August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, a landmark event in the struggle for civil rights for blacks and economic opportunity for disadvantaged Americans. At the conclusion of the event, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rallied the participants with a speech that has come to be known as "I Have a Dream." He longed for the day when all Americans could proclaim "free at last."
East Midwood Jewish Center’s High Holy Days schedule of services and events grows this year with the addition of a new service sensitive to persons with a variety of needs. Their Sunday, September 8th service is between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, from 11:00 to noon. Cantor Sam Levine, with the assistance of friends from the EMJC community, will lead a lively and engaging service of prayer, Torah, song, story, music-making, and shofar blowing in a supportive atmosphere full of holiday joy.
I am writing for your advice on Jewish identity, Israel and more. RespectAbilityUSA is partnering with JerusalemU for this online survey and we want to be sure that the sample has enough Jews with disabilities and their family members. Can you please fill this out AND send it to all the Jews you know who have disabilities or a family member with a disability? So far 1800 Jews have filled out the survey, but not nearly enough of them are from the disability community. We want your voice to be heard!
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 20:21
The Hill newspaper, which covers the comings and going on Capitol Hill, just came out with its list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress.
You might expect a Rockefeller to top the list since his name is synonymous with great wealth, but Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-VA) is only #4 at $83.8 million. His actual wealth, much of which was inherited, is probably much greater but reporting requirements often conceal more than they reveal.
“Your son is crying down in the playroom,” my friend offered helpfully. “I know,” I responded. “He’ll let me know if he needs me. “ We continued our meal at the Shabbat table as she looked uncomfortable and I internally debated my response, partially driven by my parenting philosophy, and partially by my pain level.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 16:23
Here's the emmes on attacking Syria -- the American people think it's a bad idea. In fact they like it even less than they like Congress, if you thought that was possible. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed only 9 percent of respondents support American intervention; by comparison (and a different poll) Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, on a good day.
Editor's Note: When Paula Fox last wrote for the New Normal, her tale of learning to read Torah only to struggle to reach the reading table inspired us to create the Bima Project. The idea was that we would help an interested synagogue create a more fully accessible bima that included an adjustable table. Paula and the folks in her shul are moving rapidly toward this goal on their own and it's thrilling to watch. They and we will keep you posted on their progress.
When I read Torah at Adath Jeshurun Congregation for the first time last May, I found it a very exciting experience, something that I wanted to continue doing – even though I could not see the congregation and they could not see me. I use a wheelchair, and the scrolls had to be held up for me because the reading table in the sanctuary was above my eye level.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 16:30
Reading excerpts of the transcripts of the final installment of the Nixon tapes I can't decide who is the more reprehensible character in one of those conversations.
Was it Nixon, who threatened to publicly attack the loyalty of American Jews for interfering in his agenda with the Soviets, or his obsequious national security advisor Henry Kissinger, a German-born Jew whose family fled Nazi persecution in 1938, who agreed?
Nixon was an equal-opportunity bigot; he hated blacks, Jews and probably everyone else. Kissinger should have known better.