A Disabilities Act For The Jewish Community

If you have been following The New Normal, or mainstream media, or even happened to do a web search on July 26th when the “Google Doodle” commemorated this day in history, you undoubtedly already know that we've recently marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

What could it look like if the Jewish community writ large created a Disabilities Act to address the rights of the 20 percent of American Jews who have a disability? 

True, we often bemoan the fact that the Jewish community lags behind when it comes to “equal rights” for people with and without disabilities. But 25 years is not a long time in the history of our country, and an even shorter amount of time in the history of the Jewish people. With that in mind, I choose optimism: There is time for us to catch up!

Actually, It Doesn't Take A Village

We have all heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child.” Some attribute it to an African proverb, though there appears to be some controversy about that. The phrase itself has become shopworn, utilized by elected officials, pundits and others. 

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Plans For Eastern Jerusalem Arab Neighborhood Include 2,200 Housing Units


A Jerusalem committee approved a plan to develop an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, including building 2,200 housing units.

Williamsburg Affordable Housing Plan Halted

State judge rules that Broadway Triangle project would favor chasidic families and is discriminatory by design.
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The planned Broadway Triangle affordable housing project was designed to be full of multi-room apartments in buildings no higher than eight stories — perfect for chasidic families with many children, who can’t use an elevator on Shabbat or holidays.

Williamsburg Councilman Steven Levin, above left, with Rabbi David Niederman, top right. At right is Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

Dozens of Israeli Rabbis Forbid Renting to Gentiles


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis have signed on to a religious ruling that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs.

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