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Join Ramah's First-Ever Tikvah Family Israel Trip

At Camp Ramah, Israel is central. Dozens of Israeli shlichim (emissaries) “bring” Israel to our nine overnight camps and four day camps in North America each summer. And, for decades, campers have been participating in a variety of programs through Ramah Israel including Ramah Israel Seminar, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY), Ramah Israel Institute, and Ramah Jerusalem Day Camp.

Campers with disabilities in our inclusive camping programs have many opportunities to form meaningful relationships each summer with the shlichim, who serve as bunk counselors and teach swimming, sports, arts and crafts, dance, and more.

Tikvah participants in Israel. Courtesy of Howard Blas

Trump's Jewish Mini-Me

At a time when most Congressional Republicans are trying to distance themselves from Donald Trump, one is behaving like a clone of his party's presidential candidate, complete with mind-numbing outrageous charges and incendiary rhetoric.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, the lone Jewish Republican in this Congress, has called Barack Obama a "racist," sounded like a Trump birther questioning the president's heritage, accused him of having "no idea what he is doing" and implying he committed treason.

Who Will Bibi Endorse?

There has been speculation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to endorse Donald Trump or at least would like to see him become the next president.

That's what former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close Trump advisor, reported after meeting with the prime minister and other top officials on his recent trip to Israel.

A Family “Tradition” On Broadway

When Michael Bernardi first came out on the stage of the Broadway theater in Wednesday’s matinee performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the audience was electric with cheers. Many understood that the actor had waited a lifetime for this opportunity to step out as Tevye.

Michael Bernardi and Teri Bernardi, outside the Broadway Theatre. Tyson Lindo

Remembering Fyvush Finkel

By Sandee Brawarsky

Fyvush Finkel, the long-time actor who first made his mark on the Yiddish stage and went on to star in mainstream productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and in television and film, died on August 14th at his home in New York. He was 93.

 Fyvush Finkel. Wikimedia Commons

Experience What Autism Might Feel Like Through Video

Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared at Forbes.com.

 

The Cherokee tribe of Native Americans had a well-known proverb stating that you “shouldn’t judge a person before you have walked a mile in their shoes”. It’s practical advice to view a situation from the perspective of another before rendering an opinion. One can see how this type of thinking can lead to greater compassion and understanding of those around us.

 

But how can one really experience the perspective of another? It’s certainly easier said than done. Consider the case of individuals with autism. These days almost everyone has heard of autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.

Registering Our Son To Vote: Disability, Standing Up And Election 2016

This has been a grueling political season, full of rancor and too much ugliness to catalogue.  Some days, I just want to hide under the covers and pretend it’s all a bad dream. But then I think about my children. 

Having children is, at least for me, the ultimate act of cockeyed optimism. There are so many reasons to be fearful of bringing children into the world, of exposing them to the awfulness to which human beings can lower themselves. But then of course there is the profound, unparalleled opportunity to try to shape another human being by the values and beliefs you hold dear, and that is in many ways irresistible. Not to mention sometimes just flat out joyous fun.

The author's family. Courtesy of Nina Mogilnik

Trump's Other Wall

More and more Republicans want to build a wall, but not the one Donald Trump has in mind. Their wall is to protect them from what they increasingly believe will be a humiliating defeat for their presidential nominee and – possibly – catastrophic losses for congressional Republicans

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has sent out a frantic call for deep pocket Republican donors to dig deeper because Trump is putting the House GOP majority in danger. 

Over in the Senate the chances are better for a Democratic takeover.

Trump's Strategy: Just Kidding

When Donald Trump's incendiary pronouncements spark a firestorm of criticism, it takes him a day or two to comprehend what he's done and quickly blames everyone else for misinterpreting his often violent rhetoric.  His defense:  Just kidding.

Drumming On The Hudson

As the Israeli percussion group Tararam performed at Battery Park, the energy was so high that they seemed to draw the passing ferries, tugboats, sailing boats and even cruise ships a little closer, off course.

Tararam Company Members in New York City. (Doron Raphaeli)
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