With a specially designed, handicapped-accessible bima, sign-language services for the deaf and alternative holiday programs aimed at those with disabilities, Congregation Rodeph Sholom is at the forefront of the inclusion movement.
Now, the Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side is being formally recognized for its effort to bring people with disabilities — who have long been on the sidelines — more fully into Jewish life. It took first place in The Synagogue Inclusion Award, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Commission.
Jewish day schools are increasingly experimenting with iPads in the classroom.
To the iPad’s many functions — electronic reader, Internet browser, music player, camera, gaming console and interactive textbook — add this: discipline tool.
When Devorah Werdesheim, a teacher at Ohr Chadash Academy in Baltimore finds a student misbehaving, she merely has to temporarily confiscate the device, which all fourth-through-sixth graders at this Modern Orthodox school have.
So, I've decided to fork over the money and become a full-fledged synagogue member -- which means, among other things, my family and I have a place to go for the holidays. Will fill you in on the details in my next post.
For those of you who are still what Jewish insiders refer to in troubled voices as "The Unaffiliated," (usually in the same worried tone as they say "The Intermarried") there are lots of options if you want to go to High Holiday services next week.