Gov. Markell: America’s Jewish Governor, Standing Up For Disabilities

While there are multiple Jews in Congress and the Senate, only one Jew serves at the chief executive of their state: Governor Jack Markell of Delaware. He is term-limited, so sadly his tenure in this office will end soon. He is a major hero in public life, so it’s worth your time to look at his expansive contributions.

The author and other RespectAbility board members with Gov. Markell. Courtesy of Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

McCain Latest To Dump Trump

No sooner did John McCain win his primary last Tuesday than he wrote off Donald Trump for president.  His pitch to voters is send him back to Washington for a sixth term so he can block President Hillary Clinton's plans.

Four Questions On Deciding To Passover Trump

Why is this candidate different from all other Republican candidates?

1. Why is he so appealing to neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and white supremacists when his opponent is not?

2. Why have so many leading Republicans refused to endorse him, un-endorsed him, said they won't vote for him or have said they'll vote for Hillary Clinton?

3. Why is he so full of contempt for so many people, especially immigrants, minorities, the disabled and women?

How To Save Israel

Israel is in turmoil and there is only one solution, said former Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) upon returning from her most recent visit to the Holy Land. Jesus is "coming soon" and the Jews must convert to Christianity while there is still time.

Barbra Streisand Wants To Meet Me

I've been a big fan of Barbra Streisand for more than 50 years, since I was in college, and I was thrilled to learn she wants to meet me.

"Dear Douglas, I'm spending an evening campaigning with Hillary in New York City next week, and I would love to meet you there," she wrote to me.  "I want you to be right up front when I sing."

I was so excited I began worrying about what I'd wear for such an auspicious occasion.  I wonder if my tux still fits.

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
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