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Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 13:15 | Political Insider

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's apparent choice for running mate, has close relations with the Jewish community in his state and a solid record of support for Israel and on domestic and foreign policy issues. 

Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 00:29 | Political Insider

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who has been praised in the Anglo-Jewish and Israeli media as a strong supporter of the Jewish state, declared "America stands with Israel" to loud cheers from the convention floor, but didn't expand on the topic.  

Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:20 | The New Normal

These days, many high schools require teens to earn community service/volunteer hours to graduate. That’s easier said than done by any teen, and even more difficult for teens that aren’t neuro-typical. Parents of teens with disabilities have enough responsibilities without having to worry about how they will help their teen get volunteer hours.

Enter the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service’s Summer of Service Camp. With close to 30 years of experience putting together volunteer projects to help the DC community give back, and the expertise of amazing special education teachers, Summer of Service is a place where teens of all abilities can come together to strengthen the community and change lives. This unique program was co-founded by RespectAbilityUSA, with seed money from the Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund.

Posted: Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:15 | The New Normal

What is it about Israel that draws so much attention and interest? In this case, it's the positive attention and focus that is in the spotlight. Since the early nineteen hundreds (and possibly millennia earlier), Israel attracted Jewish youth looking for adventures and an opportunity to prove that they are better than what their previous circumstances set them up to be.

Posted: Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:27 | The New Normal

It was Benjamin’s fifth birthday party. We had dozens of friends and family coming to our home to celebrate with him. The details of the party had been planned for weeks, and Benjamin had been looking forward to the day. Everything was going according to plan. Until it wasn’t. A relative had walked into the party and approached Benjamin for a hug. He recoiled from her touch and, screaming, ran to seek solace in his bedroom. Where he remained for the remainder of his party.  

The premiere episode of "The A Word," a British import on the Sundance Channel — and based on an Israeli drama — opens with the birthday party of five-year-old Joe. And like my son, Joe’s party is interrupted by behaviors that appear to be caused by the overstimulation that often occurs for those on the autism spectrum.

Posted: Thu, 07/14/2016 - 15:15 | Political Insider

Mike Pence's pro-Israel credentials are more in line with the GOP's religious right and evangelical base than with the overwhelming majority of American Jews. 

The Indiana governor, who Donald Trump is expected to pick as his running-mate, is a genuine right wing ideologue and has the record to prove it. That should help Trump among arch-conservatives and some in the GOP establishment  who consider Trump too volatile and unreliable.