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For Kids With Special Needs Who Crave Structure, Tips For Some Summer Fun

Summer is upon us. Thoughts have turned from desks to lounge chairs, from carpools to lazy afternoons by the pool and from early morning alarms to long evenings spent making s’mores and catching fireflies. It’s typical to believe that all families look forward to things like summer vacation, but assumptions like these can be a challenge. Children with a variety of learning and other disabilities thrive on the structure and routine of the academic year, making summer vacation, with its large stretches of unscheduled time, overwhelming for both children and their parents. Add to this concern about the loss of academic skills acquired throughout the year (commonly referred to as “summer slide”) and these few months might seem daunting.

Summer Family Fun. Getty Images

Humanitarian Images: Repairing the World: Frame by Frame

In an event that involved consciousness-raising, fund-raising and fine photography, the Ambassadors Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee raised $40,000 in an exhibition and auction of photographs taken in Jewish communities around the world.

Joan Roth. Abeba Abebe, Ethiopia, 1984. Courtesy

Last Chance: Russian-American Artists

The afternoon I visited the National Arts Club to see several galleries of Russian-American art, one of the galleries was set for an evening reception to honor local firemen who lost their lives.

Vagrich Bakhchanyan. Diary –7/28/95 to 7/27/96. Courtesy Irene Bakhchanyan

Exploring And Interpreting Disability In The Bible: Clearly And Comprehensively, Part II

In Part I of Exploring and Interpreting Disability in the Bible, a "wide-angle" perspective showed that the Bible does not often segregate the disabled. If biblical models encourage integration, why are many of us with disabilities still segregated?

George Aiken's Advice For Bernie

BURLINGTON, VT – Bernie Sanders is back here in his adopted hometown trying to decide what to do next.

He should think about some famous advice from this state's legendary progressive Republican senator, George Aiken. 

Aiken would offer his state's junior senator, Sanders, some advice that he gave to Lyndon Johnson in 1966 about another lost cause.  Declare victory and go home.  It's over.

Exploring And Interpreting Disability In The Bible: Clearly And Comprehensively

In recognition of the Shavuot holiday beginning on Saturday night, June 11, we have invited Rabbi Michael Levy to share his perspective on Torah and disability. This is the first of two parts. Rabbi Levy dedicates his writing to the marriage of Motti and Zahava Sturm.

A young Jewish boy prays at a synagogue in downtown Tehran. Getty Images

Time For GOP Leaders To Lead

It's time for Republican leaders to do more than simply shake their heads and cluck their tongues over Donald Trump's bigoted attacks on a federal judge because of his ethnic heritage.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) today said Trump's behavior is "the textbook definition of racist comments" and should be "absolutely disavowed."

He's right.  So what's he going to do about it?

Other leaders have made similar statements, but Trump responded by doubling down in his attacks on the judge.

Newt Nyet For VP?

If anyone has been campaigning to be Donald Trump's running mate it is Newt Gingrich.  He even had backing from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who had just pledged a reported $100 million to help Trump's campaign and get a high level job for the former speaker of the House. 

But that all apparently came crashing down on Sunday when Gingrich had the audacity to criticize the Donald's racist attacks on a federal judge hearing a case involving one of Trump's many failed enterprises.

Friendship At Auschwitz

A birthday card made in the Third Reich’s most notorious concentration camp? Seems impossible, doesn’t it?

Courtesy Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

Another missed opportunity

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blew it. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed him a major political victory on a platter and Abbas dropped it.

In his zeal to block a French-led effort to convene an international Middle East peace conference, Netanyahu told his French counterpart that such a meeting would be useless, but he's ready to "fly to Paris tomorrow" for one-on-one negotiations with the Palestinian leader.

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