When I first heard of Birthright I wanted to go. I had many friends and cousins who had gone, too, and were all so excited after the trip. So finally this winter I was able to go. I wanted to see my history and see where Judaism came from because it is me.
Each year, The Jewish Week publishes in print and online a special section profiling 36 up-and-coming Jewish New Yorkers. This special issue will be published in print on June 6 and online June 4, 2014.
We look for individuals who, to paraphrase the sage Hillel, are for themselves but not for themselves alone, who are high achievers in their respective fields and who have gone above and beyond to help others.
The JCC in Manhattan presents the 6th Annual Reelabilites Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The festival runs MARCH 6 - 11 in more than 30 locations through the city.
Command the Children of Israel and they shall take to you pure olive oil, beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn tamid, constantly. [Shemot 27:20]
The placement of these verses is curious, as the more appropriate place would have been in last week’s parsha, together with the making of the menorah. The verse also stresses not just the lighting of the menorah, but the donating of the oil for that sake. In this way, it echoes last week’s parasha that opens with a command to donate various items to the making of the Tabernacle.
The experience of parenting of a child who is affected by the more severe end of the autism spectrum reminds me daily that there are numerous things that I can’t control. My first impulse when my son was diagnosed was to try and “fix” as many of the symptoms of his disability as I could.
The Justice Department will pay for GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions as it does for senior citizens with Alzheimers who are at risk of being separated from their caregivers, according to the Associated Press.