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You Don't Have To Be Jewish...To Perform In Yiddish

It’s a well –worn joke: A couple dining in a Jewish deli on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century are astonished when their Chinese waiter takes their order in flawless Yiddish. “Shh,” the manager tells them. “He thinks that I’m teaching him English!”

Cast of “Di Goldene Kale.” Ben Moody

Record Breaking Judaica Sale At Sotheby’s

An antiquarian book dealer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Stevenson, Maryland is the new owner of Daniel Bomberg’s 16th century Babylonian Talmud, bought last week in auction at Sotheby’s New York. The $9.3 million sales price set a new world record for a single item of Judaica.

The Complete Babylonian Talmud, printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 16th century. Courtesy of Sotheby's New York

Very Close-Up In Israel

Is an exhibit with more than fifty photos highlighting exclusion, violence, racial barriers, poverty and brutality in Israel good for the Jews and the future of Israel?

 Nir Kafri. Brothers Ahmed and Mahmoud of Yatta village, near Hebron. 2012. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

7 Great FREE Things You Can Do Over Winter Break To Help Jews With Disabilities

1. February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM). It’s the time when those of us who care about Jews with disabilities should be going all out to build our inclusion skills and resources, as well as to offer speakers and films for the community. Doing it right, however, takes some planning. So download your free guide to JDAIM today by going here. It’s quick and easy to read the guide and you can do it from a beach or vacation spot anywhere. So put aside the novel for a fifteen minutes, and get your creative juices flowing early so you can make a positive difference in February!

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Courtesy of Inclusion Innovations

Lindsey Graham

All of the GOP presidential contenders claim to be true and loyal friends of Israel, but for most it is a political statement, grounded less in understanding than in their search for contributions from wealthy single-issue Jewish donors. 

The rare exception is Lindsey Graham.  The South Carolina senator, who dropped out of the presidential race today, had the best comprehension of the issues and record of support among the candidates when it came to US-Israel relations.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Suppose I asked you “What did you do yesterday?”

You list 19 activities, yet I counted 173 activities while videotaping you yesterday.  Why the discrepancy?

Writing our Own Story

Every day, we decide what’s important enough to remember. Over time, we weave our “story” from memories, feelings and interpretations of events that we have perhaps unconsciously selected. We tend to make our version of the truth into absolute truth. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

Putin Endorses Trump

I don't know how well it will go over with the neo-cons and the anti-Communist wing of the GOP, but Vladimir Putin is backing Donald Trump.

The Russian President told reporters at his annual news conference in Moscow that the American capitalist "is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented." 

Revisiting A Nutcracker Prince

A fairy tale within a fairy tale, the dancers playing the roles of the Prince and Marie in Gelsey Kirkland  Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” are newly husband and wife, and dancing together for the first time.

Dawn Milatin and Erez Milatin in rehearsal for Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Israeli-American Camp Embraces Autistic Boy, Increases Camper Compassion

No one had ever asked to take a selfie with Yarin, a 19-year-old boy with autism. But when his mother arranged for him to spend one week at the Israeli-American Council’s Machane Kachol Lavan summer camp, the resulting understanding and friendship changed everyone.

Camp Ramah Darom’s Tikvah Program: Hope for the Future

Editor's Note: As the cold of winter approaches, many parents are thinking about summer and what camps are available for children with disabilities. This week we'll share several blogs about Jewish camping for children and teens of all abilities.

When I was first invited to staff the new Tikvah inclusion program at Camp Ramah Darom and was asked to describe it, I said, “The Tikvah program provides additional support to campers who may not be able to succeed on their own.” Even though I had worked with programs for kids with disabilities in the past—both in schools and in summer camp settings—I realize now that when the summer began, I didn’t fully understand the meaning of support.

2015 Campers at Ramah Darom. Courtesy of Ramah Darom
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